I live in a freehold property but in order to have a permanent off road parking space for my car in my own back garden, I have to use a small section of passageway owned by an estate. For the use of this access I pay an annual charge.The alleyway that I have to use also provides access to five lock up garages owned by the estate and rented to other local residents.Written into the access agreement is also a clause stipulating that I share costs for maintenance of the area with the garage renters. The condition of the surface of the communal alleyway was deteriorating and potholed and the estate recently had the whole area resurfaced and I have been sent a large bill for my share of the costs.My query is that I was given no notice of works nor was I given any information about what estimates were tendered or how the contractors were chosen. Having lived in leasehold properties in the past I have always given this basic information about all works on communal areas. How can I find out whether the estate in question this time should have provided me with information prior to the works for which I am being charged?
Fully understand and accept my position regarding annual charge and maintenance but curious as to who decides what are "reasonable" costs for resurfacing. How can this decision be made without any reference to the people paying for it?
A bill for £2,000-£3,000 as a sixth share, without warning and after the work has been carried out is irritating.
Thank you again.
Just one thing to clarify that I do not understand.
Although my property, as in house and garden, are entirely mine and freehold, I only rent the use of the alleyway running alongside my boundary so fail to see why it is not covered by the regulations governing leasehold property.
I am not being charged for anything on the freehold property, only on the rented alleyway?