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Thank you Leighton Grove, that is very helpful advice and insight. A few of my fellow leaseholders want to sign a petition about the estimate charge for the works but I’ve suggested we hold off until the final bill comes in. I’m not sure if there’s any benefit in taking this further until Camden are in receipt of the final costs for our estate.
Much appreciate you’re ongoing contributions to the site- always helpful and informative.
I’m from the Cressfeild estate in Kentish Town and we received a similar bill this week as well. We bought our flat in 2014 and were invoiced for the same work that was undertaken in 2011. I contacted Leaseholder Services this week and received the following advice:
1. Legally Camden are able to recharge leaseholders up to a maximum of six years from the works completion date
2. Contact the Solicitor who conducted the conveyancing on our behalf since they should have held back a ‘retention amount’ to cover the charge if a section 20 had been issued. I contacted our solicitor and awaiting their response.
Hope that’s helpful
Sorry to hear you’ve had problems with incorrect billing. You would think Camden would have robust auditing processes in place to ensure this doesn’t occur! Clearly, the financial consequences are huge for leaseholders.
Just a query though, we recently purchased a one bedroom flat as a leaseholder and we have a leak from our neighbour’s balcony upstairs as well. I’m very interested to know why leaseholders are responsible for covering the costs associated with repairs to the ‘external’ structure of the building?? I thought we were only responsible for internal repairs? Why is the freeholder (i.e. Camden Council) not responsible for these repair charges?