13:57 PM, 1st April 2015, About 6 years ago 1
As leaseholder we received a letter demanding 6 years worth of Rent Charge on our commercial property amounting to about £200. Legal action was threatened. We took advice from our professional bodies (AOP) legal team and also from our solicitor. The AOP said nothing to do with you, the solicitor said just pay it!
We did our own research via internet and also paid Land Registry for details.
Rent Charge is not the same as ground rent. It occurs mainly in NW England and is a charge to be paid by the freeholder!
Apparently land was sold to freeholder for so much down and so much per annum in perpetuity ( not so free then!)
In our case it took several letters to the owner of the rent charge to convince them that:-
1. we are not the pub with similar address but different postcode! (we are opticians)
2. we are leaseholders and not responsible for rent charge
3. we do not know where the freeholder is. (not at address held by land registry and has never requested ground rent)
I am told some companies can be very aggressive in demanding rent charge – do your own research and do not just cave.
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