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Is it possible local authority to put a legal charge

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Is it possible for a local authority to put a legal charge on ones property without a court order?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
HI
Thank you for your question
My name is Clare
I shall do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
Could you explain a little more about your situation please
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi, yes of course.

The local authority have funded my elderly (95) mum,with whom I live and who jointly owns our home, a grant of up to 5K for a stairlift and a level access shower. The LA chose the lowest quote for the shower but that took us 2156 over. To meet the shortfall I applied to SSAFA for a grant, which was successful, so the work went ahead. Over the course of a week, the plumber has gone 1173 over his quote and the LA inform me they are putting a legal charge on my property for that amount. I made it clear from the outset that was not acceptable. Can they do this?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Relist: Other.
I'm not dissatisfied, I'm still waiting for the answer! I simply don't mind who answers
Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Have you got a copy of the paperwork you signed for the Grant?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I do not think I signed any paperwork, I certainly don't recall signing anything. I have asked the council for copies of the agreement,and a copy of the breakdown of the extra charges and am awaiting these. Apologies for my slow response, my internet can be patchy. I remain very very worried about the situation i find myself in.

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Once you have the paperwork please let me know - it is what is in the Grant paperwork that is important
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I will contact you as soon as I have received the Grant paperwork.

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
That will be fine
Clare and other Property Law Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Clare, I now have the paperwork in question. What is it you wish to know?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Relist: Other.
The question has not been answered in any way. Where is my answer? I am still waiting.
Expert:  Clare replied 1 year ago.

Looking at the paperwork what does it say about any overspend?