Hello, I am Keith, one of the experts on Just Answer, and happy to help you with your question.
It is the principle of VAT that the end user pays the tax. Your freeholder does not appear to be registered for VAT and is merely passing on the bills raised by a third parties. In that case you are liable. Were the freeholder registered for VAT then he would bill you with the net costs (ie excluding VAT) and then add VAT at 20%. This he would account for to HMRC as an output and deduct the VAT suffered as an input.
The supplies being made to you are standard rated, ie at 20%, see VAT Notice 708.
I am so sorry to have to rain on your parade. I would advise you, however, to check with the freeholder as to whether they are VAT registered. If they are then their whole bill is incorrect and should be adjusted.
I do hope that you have found my reply of some assistance.
I am so sorry to have had to rain on your parade.
Thank you for your support.