Look! I really don't know why you guys sound so surprise about the whole thing!!
The council pick and choose who they want to carry out the work and what work needs doing. They then charge management fees for overseeing the works. They used to get the monies from the Central Government under the guise of ‚ÄúDecent Home Schemes or is it scams?). That money has run out so now whether you like or not as a leaseholder you are going to have things done to your Block/Estate.
The works used to be handed out by a certain Director of Housing to his Freemason brothers from Beckenham in Kent.
Their second rate and overpaid staff have to be well looked after especially now in their new offices in Tooley Street. The new person in charge of Leasehold Management Unit has brought some more ridiculous ideas from Camden with him (and his assistant) so I am going to sell and get out as soon as the market picks up.
Yes, the tribunal has found against the council, so the council will now expend another small fortune trying to sort it out.
Contractors are waiting in the wings to sign contracts that are known to deliver at 20% less than cost under the old procurement method so a leaseholder bill of £10000 would drop to £8000, but we have all been scuppered by a mindless few who seemingly are happy to cut everyone else's noses off as well as their own in spite.
It was anticipated that further savings would also come in as procurement and supply was standardised across the contractors awarded the contracts. That is to say, there would be a review of which contractor was getting the best deal on each component and over time sourcing of components would channel through the contractor achieving best value. Further savings would then also be gained through even greater economies of scale.
Unless the situation is salvaged a works programme of £400m will now cost £500m.
Absolutely EVERYONE loses because of this, including those blinkered fools who went to the LVT. If they felt they didn't have enough information about the process, it might have been a little bit reasonable to have tried to find out rather than march off gung-ho to the valuation tribunal