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  • Property-a-holics

    Anyone had trouble with Braemar Estates?

    I have owned 4 flats for the past ten years, and the freeholder had never asked for money to validate leases (subleases since the flats are leasehold). 

    In January 2017, Braemar Estates started collecting ground rent on behalf of the freeholder, and demanded a fee and submission of all leases pertaining to the flats.  I wrote and questioned the validity of this request, but did not receive replies.

    I subsequently received two further demands before stating they would appoint solicitors to collect funds.  I eventually obtained all documents required and sent payment on 27Mar17 along with a letter stating that payment does not mean I agree that the charges are valid. This letter was subsequently ignored by Braemar Estates and I received a demand from their solicitors. 

    Subsequently, I sent another letter by recorded delivery, with photocopies of my 27Mar17 letter and had to prompt them to acknowledge receipt. They cleared the funds I sent, but their sol sent me another letter stating they are taking me to court for £450 x 4 unpaid legal costs. 

    Any comments?  Any advice for a sol to represent me regarding this very annoying company? 

    BTW, I have another flat that Braemar took over the freeholders collections, and last year same happened. First time in 12 years, they demanded fees for vetting and allowing the sublet AST agreement. Just a rip off that predecessor freeholder never demanded, but there is a clause in the leasehold that allows them to charge "reasonable costs" for reviewing and approving all leases.

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    Hi Gerry

    I am a managing agent we look after apartment blocks  in the North West I know a good solicitor who deals in leasehold l I can put you in touch with  They will have to prove the costs are reasonable . I presume this is happening to all the other leaseholders who sublet Do you have a right to manage company set up?

    Regards Marie

    TA Level Property Management Ltd

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