So I was wondering if anyone here had experience or wisdom when it comes to challenging building maintenance fees.
A bit of background… The guy who owns the freehold for my building bought it a couple of decades ago, converted it into 4 flats and has sold all 4 over time (last one to me in Sept 2018) and was renting them before they were sold.
He’s the director of the management company. He does the gardening and cleaning, then bills us for that.
Here’s the 2017 bill:
And the 2018 bill:
Now, I’ve not seen any cleaning done. He cuts the lawn monthly in the summer, but there’s no winter gardening. I’ve seen no work or maintenance done to the building at all.
Also notice the management fees have jumped from £70 to £400 in a year which has left no surplus at all.
What can I do to start challenging him?