11:08 AM, 23rd May 2022, About 3 months ago 6
We are a newly formed right to manage company and the remedial works to the block due to the dreadful works by the developer have been huge. We have to recommission the heating system due to the wrong pressure and this needs access to one of the top floor flats.
It is currently unoccupied (most are investor-owned) and no service charge has been paid for 3 years. The question is can we give notice and enter to get this work done?
All the flats have been done now bar this one and it affects the 3 below it. The managing agent is ‘seeking legal advice’, but surely if we give notice (as in ASTs) we can enter in an emergency and this is an emergency.
Another question is, as there have been so many issues – as above the heating system, fire doors, no fire stopping, the extraction in the flats had falsified certification some had nothing, some had it not connected. Between this and the heating issues the LA has issued an enforcement notice as we had 45C in some flats last summer and on and on – can we take action (and be successful!) against the developer, I have heard that those who bought off-plan have a contract directly with the developer for a fully functioning unit/apartment which we have not had.
Another question I would love answered is how can developers produce such shoddy flats and get away with it? We don’t know what we have until we live in it.