LKP has asked the Pier / Regis group, whose proprietors are Nicholas and Peter Gould, why it demanded £120 plus VAT for a subletting fee when the lease said £50 plus VAT.
The property is one of 50 in Park Lane Plaza, Liverpool, and the lease owner who contacted LKP said that he has to make the same argument every year.
“Pier Management backed down at the 11th hour (payment was due by the end of today) after I said I would seek to reclaim this charge at the tribunal,” said the leaseholder.
“Every year I have this battle with them, its exhausting. I know its only a small amount of money (though they were persistent for awhile that they could charge £120), I don’t see why they should get away with it when my lease is very specific on the matter. I’m sure you hear many such stories.
“Please keep up the good work.”
LKP has contacted Pier Management / Regis Gorup asking for an explanation of this apparant error.
Also, why was the fee was decided to be £120 plus VAT: when the Upper Tribunal last considered the matter £40 plus VAT was deemed reasonable.
“Is it the case that you charge £120 because it is just small enough not to be worth challenging by the leaseholder in tribunal, although completely wrong, it appears, in this case?” we asked Pier / Regis.
We will publish their response should we receive one.
Here is a leaseholder who challenged a sublet fee:
And here is Pier issuing a £120 sublet fee on the dead: