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‘Keep fighting’ would be my advice!
My story – As I work from home as a composer (legitimately), I was compelled to move out of my flat whilst a 7 storey Camden New Build took place just 15 metres away. Totally unmitigated/uncompensated (my lease entitles me to ‘quiet enjoyment’ of my flat), I let my flat out (at reduced rent) and made a huge loss (approx £10K according to my accountant) as I had to move away from my client base.
Camden compounded this by writing to the wrong address for 6 months, then forcing me to pay a major works bill of £6.5K+ in 14 months instead of 5 years.
The matter will now go to court and a local judge told me I would only have to pay court costs if I lose a pretty common sense argument. She implied that would only be the case if the judge was as psychopathic as Camden Leaseholder Services appear to be!
I went down all the right complaint channels, with the only useful feedback coming from the CAB.
By going to court I’m hoping to trigger a sea change in Camden’s thinking – as if I win ALL the money that I legitimately owe them will end up in the coffers of lawyers!
Some business model, that!