11:28 AM, 7th October 2022, About 2 months ago 6
Hello, Can anyone help?
We are leaseholders in a 1980s block of about 20 flats in Chiswick. About 10 years ago the roof was replaced.
Our current surveyor claims that the roof now needs replacing at great expense.
He claims the works were badly carried out by the roofing contractor and the then surveyor did not oversee works properly. The managing agents were appointed by the freeholder, and they in turn appointed surveyor and building contractors.
The leaseholders paid the bills.
Our current managing agents say they were never given the guarantee paperwork by the previous managing agents, and therefore there is now no record of the supposed 20-year guarantee on the works.
The then surveyor has disappeared. His company is no longer listed in Company House records.
The building firm responsible for the roof works cannot be found either. The current managing agents seem reluctant to approach the freeholders.
Are the freeholders not responsible? Why are the leaseholders, who have already paid for the roof 10 years ago, expected to pay for the roof replacement?
Can anyone advise what the position is in law?