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  • help - management agents taking us to court!!

    does anyone have any advice at all?

    There are 8 properties in our building - 4 of which are owned by the freeholder and 4 by 4 separate couples - us being one of them...

    For quite some time now ...since before I moved in - the leasees have all been very unhappy with the management agents - they have been charging us extortionate fees and never do anything to upkeep the building... they never respond to our calls or get anything fixed that we ask them to do - we all just keep getting bills from them but no answer to any of our calls or questions... we have all stopped paying because it was getting ridiculous...

    back in 2006 they have quoted for some external work due to be done - our part was £2000 of this - this work was done at the end of dec 2008, however the paint work was shabby and really sub standard, the accountant let it slip that the work cost £4000 in total - I told him over the phone it didn;t make sense that we had to pay £2000 of it when we are one of 8 flats and that we wanted to see a full breakdown of the accounts..

    a girl from another flat turned up at the office and asked to see invoices, to which they could not supply

    we have all just written a letter collectively to say that we would not pay any more money untill they provide us with certain invoices/ explain why for 4 of the flats we are paying for 75% of the charges as well as advise them in writing of all the things that are wrong with our building that we have separately contacted them about...... in the mean time - we have just received a letter today to say they are taking us to court,

    its unfortunate that most of the contact from the 4 couples have been by phone.... only the last few times have we contacted by letter...

    what i want to know is that do we have a leg to stand on? some of the things we have contacted them about have been from over 2.5 years ago! now they want over £4000! they dont do anything, cant produce invoices and just send us bills once a year!!

    any advice would be much appreciated, i understand they can revoke our lease if we stop paying - however we are all unhappy to pay any further money to a company that doesn't do anything for us

    also can we sack them?

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    You need to check if they properly sent you the invoices and properly explained the breakdown of the charges etc. You will also need to look at your leases to see how the charges are divided between you. There is a lot of advice about your rights at Service Charges and other issues
    RICHARD WEBSTERwww.rwco.co.uk
    As a conveyancing solicitor I want to be helpful (England/Wales only) but can't accept liability for this.

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      Hi Kas

      The commonhold & leasehold reform act 2002 introduced legislation which requires all leaseholders to be consulted on any proposed property works which are anticipated to cost in excess of £250.00 per unit.

      From the information supplied it would appear that this process has not been followed and as a result there may be a number of options available to you.

      In order to offer any further advice we would need to see copies of all of the correspondance and leases serving the peoperty, however if the correct procedure have not been followed then the Landlord cannot enforce any payment over the £250.00 threshold.

      As Property Managers in Bournemouth we have represented clients in similiar position in the past and feel confident we could help.

      Hope this helps.
      www.pssgroup.co.uk

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