It is not often we produce good news on the ground rent front, but here is an example.
A leaseholder with the Hyde Group housing association was appalled to receive a ground rent demand of £600, and contacted LKP.
She had been paying £50, but she had extended the lease through the statutory process in 2015, which means a 90-year extension at a pepper-corn rent.
She bought the flat in 2000 for £95,000, and extended the lease when it had 72 years left to run.
Unaccountably, the Hyde Group then demanded £600 in ground rent.
Martin Boyd, of LKP, suggested that the leaseholder send a copy of the page to the Hyde Group which refers to a peppercorn and ask why it believes £600 ground rent is due.
“If as part of the deal your solicitor agreed to an informal extension (i.e where the parties set what ever terms they can agree on) your solicitor should have made the matter very clear.”
Eight days later, the leaseholder was back in touch: “I did as you said below and emailed them with the ‘peppercorn rent’ page of my new lease and they got back to me saying that they had made a ‘mistake’ with the charge, and it should have been £50 not £600.
“Thanks again and keep up the really great work that you are doing for us.”