Hi, Thank you for your question and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I will assist you. If you are the freehold owner you should not have to pay any ground rent. I would recommend that you write back to them as follows:
- You deny any liability for any ground rent;
- Say you are the freehold owner of the property and they have not demonstrate any grounds on which they have any right title or interest in your property;
- Say it is a criminal offence to pursue someone for money they do not owe so as to cause harassment under S.40 of the Administration of Justice Act 1970;
- Say if you receive any further correspondence from them you reserve all rights open to you, and will seek to hold them responsible for any legal costs you subsequently incur.
Have they given you any detail about how this so called ground rent has arisen?
I look forward to hearing from you.Kind regards AJ
Hi, Thank you. Did any of the other freeholders appoint this Alan Mattey group?
Hi, Thank you. They wont have stolen the freehold, ultimately the freehold would belong to your partner's estate. You need to challenge them and ask to explain on what basis they have authority to collect a ground rent. It is not legal to go around demanding money from people without an explanation or proof as to how the debt concerned was incurred.