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We bought a leasehold upstairs flat on a retirement estate

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We bought a leasehold upstairs flat on a retirement estate 20 years ago and have always used the roof space for limited storage. We, together with others have now been told to remove everything stored there as we are breaking the law - the leasehold houses on the estate are allowed to use this space for storage. If this is the case, would it be within the law for the freeholder to grant us permission to continue to use this as a goodwill gesture or because we have had use of it for so long are we entitled to continue to use this space?
I am unclear as to why you are 'breaking the law' the roof space needs to be safe from a health and safety perspective, but there is nothing otherwise from preventing the freeholder from giving you either his express permission or a licence to allow you to use this space to store items etc. I hope that this helps. Please remember to rate positively - thanks
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your reply. This is not a health and safety concern as we were told that the leasehold houses are treated differently to upstairs flats in as much as they are able to use their lofts for storage but the upstairs flats (immediately under the roof) are not allowed to. Could you please confirm to me that there is no difference. thanks