I have received an actual invoice dated 07/07/2015 for ‘adjustment in respect of’ an estimated invoice of which no leaseholders in the block have ever received.
When I queried the adjusted invoice I was told it was for the sum of £0.00 and therefore not an invoice that was raised and physically sent to me. So, I asked when the actual invoice was paid by Camden and was told it was between 13/09/2011 and 3/07/2013.
I have asked if I can raise the 18 month rule on this.
But, a leaseholder neighbour has been in touch with Camden Leaseholders Services and has been told they can not raise the 18 month rule because although the estimated invoice for £0.00 was not sent it was raised to their account ‘to purely overcome functionality issues with software.
Does this sound right to you?
Here is the explanation from a Camden Collections Officer.
In the absence of section 20b notices which should be issued every 18 months since costs are incurred, the landlord is limited to recovering an amount capped at £250. The 18 month rule could apply if your contribution was a demand for over £250 however in this case you have been charged under the cap at £212.22. Your contribution is therefore recoverable under section 20 practices.
That’s very useful (although disappointing news!). Following your post, I spoke to a knowledgeable person at Leaseholders’ Forum and they confirmed that this is correct. Cheers for updating. At least it is better to be informed about what is and isn’t possible/legal.