Who issued this notice against the absent leaseholder? The landlord? I don’t know why you referred to this as £20,000 of fines rather than £20,000 of extraservice charge
I cannot see why this override section 20 in respect of the amount chargeable.
In my opinion, you are absolutely correct, this is nothing to do with the other leaseholders. The landlord brings action against the leaseholder of this property for failing to maintain and ultimately, gives notice of foreclosure on the lease for breach of covenant.
It appears that the freeholder wants to get this work done and the leaseholder of that flat would get the benefit of it at all your cost. If the flat has been abandoned by the Leaseholder for any reason, the correct course of action is for the Landlord to apply to court to forfeit the lease and the landlord then gets the property back to do with it whatever he wishes.
As it appears there are 7 flats all being charged the same amount of money here, it might be an idea of you all got your heads together and put a nominal amount of money into a pot to get a solicitor to write to the landlord telling him that you will not countenance this.
Can I clarify anything for you?
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