There are only 3 flats in our little block: we’re on the ground floor and Lovely Neighbours are on the top. The middle flat was owned by a guy who was also the freeholder, and none of us could get any money out of him for anything, such as general maintenance and repair of wear and tear. It’s been really frustrating.
AND we couldn’t understand what the heck the guy was doing. When we first arrived he had a family renting it, but they left 2 years ago. He constantly moaned that he never had any money which is why we can’t get any maintenance done … he was unpleasant and told us lies … but then he proceeded to do precisely nothing with his flat – – didn’t rent it out – and didn’t sell it either. Probably too tight-fisted to pay an estate agent
We have a personal interest because several years ago before we came, the dodgy water system in that flat leaked down into our kitchen and brought the ceiling down. It was completely refurbished which is why it was nice and new when we came to buy it.
But because he was always cutting costs he didn’t get the pipe mended properly, and we saw some damp patches starting to appear on our ceiling again. We insisted that the water system to that flat was turned off completely .
So a coupla weeks ago a letter arrived from ‘Court’ labelled Urgent, to him and to ‘any other residents’ so it sort of fell open and we discovered that the mortgage company was going to repossess the flat …
… and today was the day. So the bailiff and his men rung our doorbell as we had requested (we didn’t want them breaking down the front door as well) and were greeted by a bevy of us all goggle-eyed and fascinated to see what happened next. We trooped up the stairs after them and watched while they drilled the lock open. Then they went in and we kind of shimmied in after them to see what damage the leak had done. Nobody’s going to be able to use the flat until that is well and truly sorted out
We were heartened to see Lovely Neighbours’ daughter taking an interest. We know she owns property so if this flat goes up for auction … it would be SO GOOD to have a responsible owner who would look after it properly and fork out for the general repairs on the block… somebody like her .. .
Sadly, we now hear that she isn’t interested …
Wonder what will happen next