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  • Leasehold Property

    Leasehold costs

    There have been a few threads in which costs of improvement works for leaseholders have been mentioned. Below are some examples of costs for items from my local ALMO for an excouncil flat I have.

    installation of 30 minute fire rated flat entrance doorset. £1040 -£1404

    fit smoke seals.   £67.60 - 187.20

    30 minute fire resistant glazing.  £185 - 254

    supply and install signage £6.24 - 19.76

    renew emergency light fitting £130 - 115

    block survey £93.60 -676

    indicative figures from two different tenders for works. Anyone with ex local authority property in need of fire safety works should start making provision. Plus read up on the LACORS guidance my council is seemingly keen on gold plating everything going beyond guidance , i have a repair only lease and argue that going beyond what is legally required is an improvement and not chargeable, not sure how successfull i’ll be.

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    Guessing this is a low rise?

    Someone i know owned an ex council flat in a tower. Post grenfell the councils solution was to pay to have someone on each floor 24 hours a day as.a fire monitor - this was Camden council and they were recharged.

    The cladding has now been replaced at a cost of 50k for their flat as a recharge.

    Good to see the councils taking action following the tragedy but leaseholders should be aware the costs can mount up before purchasing.

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    Yes that’s correct, 6 flat block, comcrete and brick construction, ground ,first and second floor. To date zero compliance with the 2005 fire safety order and some very inventive fire risk assessments in the intervening years to enable them to dodge the issue until now. post grenfell the cost of works has rocketed.

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    Hi Philip, if it’s legally required then you cannot be compelled to pay for those extra works. That’s fairly clear cut but the question is how to do you prove this is extra and what proportion of the costs. When you get you legal notice, consider taking expert advice.

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    Chartered Accountant, Tax Advisor and Mortgage broker

    (and BTL portfolio owner)

    stuart@johnsonsca.com

    02039077022

    Hi Philip,

    Which company are you using for fire-door?

    I'm in similar position, ground-floor ex-council flat, but I would need to arrange installation myself.

    I could do with getting a few quotes.

    Thanks

    Polly

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