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Has the freeholder informed you of proposed significant works? Usually for any substantial works a section 20 notice is served and there is a consultation process providing information of the works and estimates. You are entitled to see these as well as the service charge accounts.
Ok you will need to write to them formally and request sight of the service charge account, details of any reserve account, and full details of the proposed works as required together with estimates for the works.
They cannot undertake the works or seek funds from you until they provide the information.
They cannot demand monies for works without providing you with details of the same. If they are substantial works they are required to serve a section 20 notice detailing the works and providing estimates and having a consultation on the same. You can challenge any demand they do make if they do not follow procedure.
Under the Landlord and Tenant Act leaseholders have a legal right to request inspection of the service charge account. Your lease may also make reference to this. Please look at the following link from the lease advisory service with a template letter to be sent to the freeholder:-