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, I have a small leasehold shop/office premises which sits on the ground floor and has a domestic flat adjoining behind it and a maisonette above. The new freeholder also lives and owns the flatthat sits behind my premises (my premises have in fact been empty and up last 4 years with a big notice on the front window with my telephone number. I had always received invoices from the previous leaseholder and always paid them on time last 10 years (the ground rent is only £17.50 per 6 months but after not hearing anything period of time I received a solicitors letter from the new leasehold stating that I owed £52,50 in ground rent and would I pay by return they also stated that the new freeholder had said that he had tried to send me invoices but I had ignored them (which was untrue) . I immediately sent back the payment requested and said that I had not received any prior invoices request after approx 4 weeks the solicitors sent me a bill for £890 stating that this was and information that they had given to the new freeholder in respect of dealing with the matter. I replied that I would not pay this under any circumstances and have heard nothing from them 9 months . However they have now written to me and said that if I do not pay this solicitors fee owing and this further fee that they are now owing make a figure of £1600 they will under the 1925 law of property act section 146 serve a notice of the lease as there are covenants on the lease which I have breached by not making this payment. my question is -- are they legally correct that they can do this ? What can I do to combat it as they are awaiting my urgent reply. Susan xxx
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