I am becoming very concerned about the way the secretary and directors of the management commitee commission expensive works, without any consultation with the leaseholders,, who have to pay for these decisions. This is not Peabody estates!!!!
Chainbow (The agents we the leaseholders employ) refuse to give me a list of leaseholders so that I may consult with them. To withhold this information is totally unacceptable and I wonder what they have to hide?
Proper consultation should be exercised with leaseholders before tens of thousands of pounds worth of work is undertaken and perhaps we should look at finding a less expensive management company, which will be more user friendly.
If you are happy with the amount of your money that is being spent then don't bother to reply or comment but some 6 leaseholders I have already contacted are as concerned as I am about what's going on.
I received an email from Roger Sothern of CHAINBOW who says he really wants to help but cannot unless I pay him money... I replied as follows
Thank you for the email which is somewhat disingenuous.
'We will willingly send out any communication to all leaseholders on your behalf'
What you fail to add was that it would cost me a considerable amount of money for you to do this - that is what I was told yesterday.
For me to send a 'round robin email' via your address list, of all the leaseholders of the flats in Stewart House, is going to cost me what exactly?
Is the charge you intend making , the reason you appear to be unreasonably withholding information (email address's) of fellow leaseholders?
An overdose of PC is very unhelpful and is frequently used to avoid transparency... I really hope not in this case.
So let me pose the following questions.
Does any person with a leasehold in Stewart House receive any financial remuneration from yourselves - commissions etc or pay a lesser amount of monies than the rest of us for the various charges or otherwise benefit in any way whatsoever by being either the secretary or on the committee? Were they ever paid a 'reward' for bringing the business to you? If so what?
CHAINBOW'S MD personally promised me to send out my round robin email to all the other leaseholders asking if they felt happy with the way things are run. That was last week and so far the email has not gone out and Mr Southern has not responded to emails asking when it will go out... I wonder what his promise was actually worth?
Got an email from one Ben Lamb who is a member of the 'committee' telling me that they are all good people and volunteers - when I emailed back asking who and with what qualifications made the decisions that 'works' were needed responded that he did not have time for emails and would telephone me to discuss it all. That too was last week and the silence has been deafening...
I am sad people do not do what they say they will do....
I'm not sure what you are hoping to gain by having a debate with yourself here. I sympathise with your difficulties as described, but your target audience may not be reading this forum. I assume you have also attempted to contact felow leaseholders with notes to their individual flats? The data protection act will block Chainbow releasing leaseholders names to you if you are not a director of the residents management company, so that in itself is not an indication of anything underhand.
You are correct to suggest that there should be 'proper consultation' with leaseholders for work over a certain value. I suggest you look at one of the leaseholder advice sites to gain a better understanding of your rights in this situation. Perhaps start with: this one