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Yes, the landlord is in breach of his obligations. You can ask a leasehold valuation tribunal to assess whether the negligence has had an adverse effect on the cost of the repairs and they may impose a heavier burden on the landlord, but this may be costly and a long drawn out process. It is however possible.
If the landlord thinks that the repairs are going to cost more than £250 per flat, he must follow a statutory procedure called section 20 procedure. If he does not, then you do not have to pay more than £250 towards the works and he would end up being liable for a huge sum in any event.
This is where the landlord must serve a notice giving you information about the works and the anticipated cost and gives you a chance to nominate a contractor.
You have 2 months to reply.
There are further procedures, but this it the first step and applies regardless of the residence of the landlord.
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