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Tuesday 15 August 2006 10.45am
I have Will Osmond of Osmond & Osmond working for me on some leasehold issues. They are just over the river, details below.

They are very thorough, happy to recommend them.

Good luck
Denise

Osmond & Osmond
62-67 Temple Chambers
Temple Avenue
London
EC4Y 0HP
Tel : 020 7583 3434
Fax : 020 7583 4242
www.osmondandosmond.co.uk
Tuesday 15 August 2006 6.18pm
Hello

I do not wish to break the no advertising rules in this section but let us say I am sitting a few feet away from some people who can help you. Not my area of law but definately theirs.

There are four of us here and specialists we are and hey, one of us reads this forum. A new reader I should add. Contact me and let's see if we can help.

Tel 020 7089 7302 direct
Friday 25 January 2013 9.27am
Hi James,

I am a resident on the St Saviours Estate. I too received a major works bill of approx 5k in 2004 for works completed in 2002. I purchased the flat in 2003 and was not aware of this. In the end, I paid it.

How did you go about getting this waived and on what was it they did to allow you to have it waived?

Your advice would be much apprecieated.
Thanks
Chet

James516 wrote:
There's also the Southwark Leaseholders Association, but I'm not sure if they have a website.
Lease-advice.org have a big database of LVT decisions - some of these include details of solicitors attending etc which might be good. You might also be able to find cases which are similar to your own.

My experience of SBC was that they were pretty badly organised prior to about 2004, and then their Leasehold Management Unit got a lot more professional. I was able to get them to waive Section 20 major works charges for work done from 1998-2003 as they had not followed the correct consultation procedure, but work since then has been done correctly.

All that said, if you want to challenge the regualr annual service charge, rather than a mjor works charge, I get the impression you have a much tougher fight on your hands.
Thursday 7 February 2013 4.37pm
you should also contact RICS and see if a surveyor with specialised knowledge can help, Gawors in Wapping are an excellent firm, Sameer there is very good
Thursday 7 February 2013 5.06pm
chet7patel wrote:
Hi James,
I am a resident on the St Saviours Estate. I too received a major works bill of approx 5k in 2004 for works completed in 2002. I purchased the flat in 2003 and was not aware of this. In the end, I paid it.

How did you go about getting this waived and on what was it they did to allow you to have it waived?

Your advice would be much apprecieated.
Thanks
Chet

James516 wrote:
There's also the Southwark Leaseholders Association, but I'm not sure if they have a website.
Lease-advice.org have a big database of LVT decisions - some of these include details of solicitors attending etc which might be good. You might also be able to find cases which are similar to your own.

My experience of SBC was that they were pretty badly organised prior to about 2004, and then their Leasehold Management Unit got a lot more professional. I was able to get them to waive Section 20 major works charges for work done from 1998-2003 as they had not followed the correct consultation procedure, but work since then has been done correctly.

All that said, if you want to challenge the regualr annual service charge, rather than a mjor works charge, I get the impression you have a much tougher fight on your hands.

You should note that the most recent post by 'James516' on the forum seems to have been in 2007. The main point to note about the post you have picked up is that S/Council "had not followed the correct consultation procedure". That is what you need to prove, but it's at least 8 years ago, and I suggest you seek advice from the LVT or other organisations mentioned.
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