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Alex Watts : How much is your loss? Has your landlord reduced the rent please?
Customer: I am the landlord (I own the flat) and I'm renting it out to my tenant. My ground rent to my freeholder is 100p.a.
Customer: My financial loss so far is c. £1000
Customer: The freeholder hasn't reduced the ground rent and I as yet haven't reduced the rent my tenant has to pay.
Alex Watts : You need to write and set out your losses and request a refund within 14 days or say you will go to Court within 14 days. You should make sure you send this signed delivery and keep a copy. If they do not refund you then you can issue proceedings in the County Court. You can either do this online at: www.moneyclaim.gov.uk (but as you are abroad the system may not let you) or by completing form N1 http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/courtfinder/forms/n001-eng.pdf and take it to your local County Court. The Court will then issue a claim which a copy will be sent to the Defendant who will have a limited time to defend it, if not you can enter Judgment and enforce. If the matter is defended it will be set down for a trial. If the claim is for £10,000 or less it will be a small claim and you will not need representation. Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Customer: Thanks for your answer. Can you clarify when the 14 days starts counting? Can you advise as to what amount I should seek to recover?
Alex Watts :
14 days would be from date you send the letter
Alex Watts :
Does that clarify?
Customer: I see, ok thanks for your help.
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