Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
We had a new roof put on and last week but because the roof was not covered properly a good amount of rain caused damage to my flat. Also most of the stud nails popped out and the place resembles as if someone has gone in with a shotgun.
The roofers have accepted liability and agreed to pay for repairs, however my quote to redecorate a 1 bed flat at £1,350 has been deemed unreasonable and their quote which I have not seen is for £400 and so we are wide off the mark.
Water also got into the laminate floor and caused some damage resulting in the landing being replaced which they claim has not caused damage, but it has and this is confirmed by the tenant in an email stating the floor had puffed up but has since receeded. This cost £430. As the floor is over 7 years old I have been informed that I could claim half the amount.
My share of the roof is £5,000 which I have withheld until repairs are agreed. This might be wrong of me as the other freeholders are stating that I have reneged on a joint freeholders agreement to settle.
I believe the damage will be no more than £2,500. Do I pay half my share and withhold the other half? I’m also informed I have to mitigate the roofers costs and now provide 3 quotes for repairs to the laminate and the decoration.
I am overseas and whilst I have managing agents, other than my 2 individual quotes cannot provide any others.
This is becoming time consuming, it is not my fault they did not cover or tie down the roof properly.
Can I claim reasonable costs for my time and also, if needed is there anyone out there that can act for me?
At this stage I am getting collective grief from all other parties and I have now been called a bully for adopting my stance in protecting my asset.
Any advice would be gratefully received and whilst I live in Spain and it would be easy for me to fly over and address it, flights and a Hotel will no doubt cost several hundred pounds.
Any advice would be gratefully appreciated.
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