Is the house and the garage freehold or leasehold?
On the Land Registry title plan, is the garage included within the area edged red?
Is this ground rent that they are claiming and if so, how much and over what period of time?
If the ground rent for the garage £8 per annum under the terms of the lease, the limitation period is 12 years and hence, the maximum they can claim would be £98. The may be the provision in the lease however for you to have to pay the costs of this going to court which would normally mean that even though it Small Claims Court, you would have to pay their solicitors fees.
You would need to see the lease.
If the garage has an address, you can get the deeds from the land registry for £3 and £3 for the plan by following this link https://eservices.landregistry.gov.uk/www/wps/portal/!ut/p/b1/04_SjzS0tDQwMTIxMjLXj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfGjzOKNjSxMDA1NjDwsjM3MDTxN3dyNDUNMjQ1MjPWDU_P0c6McFQH3SLFU/
you could also get the title deeds to your house.
If the garage has no address, you will need to do a Search of the Index Map at the Land Registry by completing form SIM https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/527246/SIM.pdf
and sending it to the land Registry with a plan of the area and the garage edged red. You could use a copy of the plan for your house if the garage is shown on it.
Inbox 6 on the SIM, you would put “shown edged red” on the attached plan.
The service is free. The land registry will then write back to you with a title number and you can then get the deeds from the link I gave you at the top of this reply.
Once you have the deeds, you will then need to complete form OC2 to get a copy of the lease from the Land Registry which will usually cost you £20.
You will then know what obligations you have under the terms of the lease.
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