Hello Mr Denning,
The freeholder sent me a solicitors letter confirming the ID of the so called property management company(which I believe he created)he is demanding full payment.
1) No I have not paid any service charges simply becuse there was no service he has been missing for 5 years.
2) I have never ever received an insurance certificate or cover note stating the building was insured hence having to carry out repairs myself so i would categorically state all the damage could have been avoided if was managing the property, so answer to your question is yes the freeholder is at fault.
3) management charges surely you have to manage something and be in contact with the leaseholder/s to be managing anything.
pleaese let me know if i can add anything further I also have bill for £1600 which paid to repair the cellar if I had been aware I had any type of insurance and contact details I would have called the freeholder etc to get the problem fixed. Ps Please note with the solicitors letter of confirmation of his ID he only sent insurance cover
notes for 2012-2013 this after I asked for them as I was not awre of any insurance on the building. As I stated before no communication from this person whatsoever.
I cannot find a copy of my lease and the solicitor that handled my purchase says he will get back to me but does not (not worth the effort i suppose) I totally agree with you about the ceiling leak.
On the cellar flood I believe that is actual buildings damage, contents the freeholder is not responsible for sure. The actual damage to building itself also rising damp and damage to outer brick work due to water damage. I have already paid £250 as measure of good faith on providing he supplies me with insurance certificates for 2008 to 2011, but he has ignored this.
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