RTM enforcing car park rules?

RTM enforcing car park rules?

16:36 PM, 10th May 2021, About 3 years ago 14

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I am a leaseholder of an apartment with a defined car park space in the basement. The RTM has re-introduced a local car park management company to ‘police’ the car park area.

I always park in my allocated space. There is no public access to the car park as the entrance is by key fob.

Recently the RTM is insisting that car park permits are displayed and the car park management company is rigorous in upholding this rule.

The RTM have been told by me that I park in MY space (it is part of the leasehold agreement and is identified by car park space number).

Why should I have to display a permit?

Has the car park management company any grounds for penalising me for not displaying the permit?


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Paul Shears

21:26 PM, 15th May 2021, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Anthony Bloom at 15/05/2021 - 09:31
Well done sir & thanks for giving everyone your sound advice.

Alex Barnes

16:52 PM, 22nd September 2023, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by TheMaluka at 11/05/2021 - 10:55
EXCEPT - that in my instance...starting an RTM has been an absolute nightmare. I did all the legal work which was easy enough - to save costs for all - and went round to rally the 50% needed and photocopied all docs into the early hours. BUT we had one individual who wanted to run it for his own ends ie getting the insurance paybacks etc and more. So I was bullied by him in emails to everyone in our block of flats calling me a benefits scrounger. So I resigned as a director. I have had two visits from the police and reported to the freeholder for antisocial behaviour. We picked the worst management co as we were under the cosh with all the abuse from those whose buttons this person had pressed. Basically people did not read the Qs&As which I put through their doors explaining what an RTM was and their rights etc. The other directors did not realise their legal director obligations - I did as I have worked in a City financial agency - and did not check the accounts for 6 years. I came back as a director - asked by the management co -When I did I checked the accounts and all out sinking fund was gone. I pointed this out and their culpability. As a result I have been bullied again by the residue of directors 2 - who are tried to get me removed as a director behind my back saying that I was not voted on as a director (but neither were they as I asked them to join after I formed the RTM at Companies House) - it was making me so ill that I resigned. Now they are a law unto themselves as they have decided to DIY the maintenance with 1 resident triaging all - she is being paid outside tax and has employed her cleaner - I assume her flat is cleaned gratis as a result. This is against HMRC rules as far as I know. The chair who was elected 6 years ago now has 3 car parking spaces and is promoting op fibre broadband because he has turned his flat into a recording studio. We currently have an unsecured door, holes in the roof and the car park roller has broken. We, I assume with all be served with Section 20s to pay for this. The freeholder is a housing association who could reverse the RTM as we have shared services - but my attempt to highlight all this as a complaint was refused as was telling them they had a right to a seat at the RTM. There has not been one single AGM to sign off anything. Now there is no engagement... I discovered mid last year that the private car parking police we had should not have been operating in our car park - so since 2016 they had been putting huge fines on windscreens for minor stuff ie tyre touching white line. When I investigated we got rid. Now the chair has appointed a mate to do it. All emails are being triaged anonymously by the resident mentioned before. I wish now I had never done this as I am a prisoner in my own home - no one was worth it. A salutary lesson - I tried to do the right thing and no one cares. I should have let the bad man get his way.


17:40 PM, 22nd September 2023, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Alex Barnes at 22/09/2023 - 16:52
If it is any consolation I have been in exactly the same situation. Be strong, don't let them bully you and remember that it is your money they are spending, you have the right in law to inspect all the accounting records and the RTM must produce audited accounts within six months of the year end.
Anybody woring cash in hand dob them in to HMRC and or the DWP, all such actions are strictly anonymous. Ne nothi tere te deorsum (Illegitimi non carborundum in mock Latin, don't let the bastards grind you down).
I run an RTM company and as a matter of principle publish everything on the web, the accounts and all the supporting documentation, that way nobody can complain about lack of information.

Alex Barnes

18:00 PM, 22nd September 2023, About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by TheMaluka at 22/09/2023 - 17:40
Thank you for being so kind. And your good advice...Could write a novel!!Thanks again.

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