Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill or Artificial state manipulation of free market rent?10:34 AM, 6th November 2020
About 4 weeks ago 36
I own a flat which has two leases. One for the flat itself, which is broadly fair and one for a garage, which is unfair and has to be taken on when the property is purchased and stays with the flat lease. The Lessees have to pay an annual rent to the Freeholder. This is currently £675pa.
The maintenance of the garages is the sole responsibility of the Lessees. The Freeholder has no responsibilities for the garages other than to collect the rent twice a year.
The Lessees are currently trying to challenge the garage rent amount. The lease has an appeal process where a Chartered Surveyor appointed by the Freeholder, sets the lease, but the Freeholder is resisting this being started. We are therefore considering challenging the garage lease as whole to get it changed, but are not sure how we should best go about this.
Is an application to the LVT the best way? Do we need a Solicitor in order to do this?
Any advice about dealing with unfair garage rents will be gratefully received.
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