We went ahead and offered the freeholder £1500.
He replied to us as follows;
'The Landlord would presently agree to a retrospective licence being granted subject to payment of £3,250 + solicitors costs + the ground rent being amended to £200 per annum subject to review. This is open for acceptance for a 14 day period from the date hereof after which it will automatically lapse'
Is this a reasonable ammount...seems a little steep to me.
When we did the work we sought council approval and all the work was signed off. We have forwarded this paperwork to him so he knows the work all complies.
I don't want to aggrevate this guy any more and feel we have no option but to pay the money.
Any advise greatly appreciated.
I don't know if I mentioned that the flat is currently under offer. The buyer wants to extend the lease and has asked for costs. I believe that the increase in ground rent will increase the cost to renew the lease.
If we lose the sale can we extend the lease before a retrospective licence is granted? I'm thinking not?
What would be involved in reinstating it back to its original floorplan which may be a cheaper option for us? What restrictions or extra costs could he impose on us if we did this?
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