… Which did not even need to be paid by the living Leasehold reached a new low with Pier Management demanding a subletting fee from a man who is dead. Nor was a sublet fee payable had Mr A Gaffney, of Dublin, been alive. Pier Management admitted it had not read the lease before demanding […]
In an extraordinary admission, Peverel / FirstPort says it has paid over thousands of pounds of contingency funds at Hillside Court, Ormskirk, to the landlord “by mistake”. Residents estimate that up to £40,000 is at issue, involving the one per cent contingency fund fess payable on sale of the properties.
An email from a grateful reader: Hi Sebastian, Just a quick line to say that thanks to the advice on your website, I was able to reduce the consent/registration fee from £175 to £55, with regards to subletting our leasehold property.
One of the properties i manage have recently send out subletting consent forms and advised that the charge of £220.00 + VAT would be payable once the form was received. The managing agents are BNP Paribas and the head lease states that they are allowed to charge a reasonable fee for subletting consent. We have […]
This is from Heather: Hi, I’d like to know a couple of things. We tried to buy a flat as a buy to let, we were later told the owner of the block had a clause saying properties could only be subletting after a deed of variation in the lease, for which we were told […]
This binding ruling by the Upper Chamber (Lands Tribunal) of January 2012 should be quoted in all correspondence where freeholders or their agents are demanding sub-letting fees of more than £40 plus VAT which are not specified in the lease Click here In monetary terms sub-letting fees are one of the more trifling little earners […]
… And then it cites an Upper Tribunal case to justify its fees (although the case actually refers to a couple who paid £3.15 for the registration) … oh, and it won’t discuss the matter further, with the clear implication that it take the issue to court. Which is exactly what the leaseholder should do […]
An appalled reader who received an £850 subletting demand from the boss of Hallmark Developments has had the bill slashed to £100 after contacting LKP / Carlex. Paul Couchman, of Stapleton in Bristol, received the demand after renting out his mother’s two-bedroom flat at Meadow Court in Braintree, Essex. Under the terms of the lease, […]
Q&A from reader Please add views as comments When Haringey switched to an arms-length management organisation (Homes for Haringey) I figured it might improve the management of my two rented leasehold properties. But sadly all it meant was a £300+pa management fee slapped on top. In recent months their high service charges etc have irritated […]
By Jan Middleton With regard to the article ‘Panic at prostitutes results in £912 sub-letting fee demand’ article, Leasehold Knowledge Partnership readers may be interested in my own experiences at my leasehold estate this week. Concerns were raised with the police by a number of residents/leasehold owners – including me – that there was prostitution […]
The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership is frequently contacted for advice on freeholder’s try-on subletting demands. These include the subletting consent and the registration, and involve absolutely minimal bureaucracy by the freeholder and his managing agent. Yet charges are routinely £100 – £135, and then there are registration fees of around £75. Our advice to leasehold owners […]
The extraordinary story of how leasehold owner Claire Jenkinson was presented with a subletting demand for £912 in sub-letting fees, after she sought to rent out her Kensington flat. Troy Court, which recently won RTM, imposed the fee after a panic over prostitutes using the prestigious address at the entrance to Holland Park. […]
The Kensington leasehold resident who faced a demand for a ludicrous £912 sub-letting fee for renting out her flat has had the sum reduced by £360, after contacting Leasehold Knowledge Partnership. The property manager Blenheims has conceded that Claire Jenkinson should not have been invoiced £360 (inc VAT) for the freeholder’s undefined legal expenses. It […]
Troy Court in Kensington High Street – one of the most desirable addresses in the country – has been so plagued by unwelcome tenants, including prostitutes, that it is making flat owners pay eye-watering sub-letting fees that in one case amount to £912, including VAT. Claire Jenkinson is so incensed by the “astronomical” demand passed […]
UPDATE APRIL 5, 17.51: In a statement justifying its policy, Anchor refers to the Office of Fair Trading report which stated that “terms in long leases preventing sub-letting have potential for unfairness” and that “permission [to sub-let] should not be unreasonably withheld”. See below A curious dispute is brewing at our sister site Carlex over retirement developments owned and managed […]