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davidnoble
10-03-2010, 10:05 AM
I own several ex local auth flats (hammersmith &Fulham)

Given level of recession I have chosen to let 3 of them through a housing trust
They in turn are let to Hamm & Ful council

Ham & Ful require me to formally register each tenancy with them-providing copy of each tenancy ....and pay a fee of £30 per tenancy

I argue that I have only ONE tenant...housing trust . ie only one £30 fee applicable
Each one of my tenancy agreements shows trust as lessee

I have no knowledge of who flats are in turn rented to (by H&F) or their terms

I am paid directly by trust each month

What is correct position?

Do I have to pay 3x fees ?

Or do I in fact have only one relationship -with trust?

All legal eagles comments appreciated
yours sincerely

Dr David Noble

ps

all other comments welcomed,but,unless you have appropriate legal training please indicate its simply an opinion
Many thanks!

Lawcruncher
10-03-2010, 10:28 AM
If there are three tenancies then three fees are payable. If the fee is fixed by the leases then that is what is payable.

jeffrey
10-03-2010, 11:04 AM
davidnoble: did you grant to the Housing Trust:
a. one letting of all three flats combined; or
b. three separate lettings (one per flat)?

davidnoble
10-03-2010, 11:56 AM
davidnoble: did you grant to the Housing Trust:
a. one letting of all three flats combined; or
b. three separate lettings (one per flat)?

hello Jeffrey

These flats all let over period of 6 months
So, each lease granted at different times

Leases are standard referring to trust as lessee
each has different monthly rent (dep on size etc) this is also outlined

No reference is made to whom flats are to be let (sublet?) or terms

Spoken to trust who tell me they are happy to confirm details

Ironically trust let flats to same H&F council-I do not know basis of their tenancies

Hope this helps

Yours Sincerely

Dr David Noble

jeffrey
10-03-2010, 12:04 PM
Three lettings; so three consents (as per post #2). Sorry!

davidnoble
10-03-2010, 12:33 PM
Three lettings; so three consents (as per post #2). Sorry!

Im sure they will reply in similar fashion-how I hate the (H&F) local authority!!

many thanks Jeffrey!

Dr David Noble

jeffrey
10-03-2010, 13:29 PM
It's not H&F's fault, is it? You knew the rules in advance!

davidnoble
10-03-2010, 13:57 PM
It's not H&F's fault, is it? You knew the rules in advance!

On contrary I did not-which is why I asked

Trust also were unsure

As for H&F I have found them to be indifferent to complaint or query

thanks for all your replies

Dr David Noble

jeffrey
10-03-2010, 14:06 PM
On contrary I did not.
Hmm. You purchased the properties; you knew (or were deemed to know) what the leases contain.
So is H&F in fact now insisting on payment of amounts not reserved by those leases?

dominic
10-03-2010, 15:53 PM
Hmm. You purchased the properties; you knew (or were deemed to know) what the leases contain.
So is H&F in fact now insisting on payment of amounts not reserved by those leases?

1. It is likely that the leases do not expressly state: in the event Lessee is lessee to the Freeholder in respect of other properties, the charge by FH to L for consent to underlet shall apply once per property.

I agree however that the legal effect of how the lease is likely to be drafted, by extrapolation of its terms, could mean the FH is legally entitled to charge £90 in these circs.

2. The lease is unlikely to state £30 for consent, but instead probably reserves the right for FH to charge for reasonable costs incurred.

Since OP is asking for "job lot" of consents, due to economies of scale reasonable costs for x3 properties may be less than 3x £30.

jeffrey
10-03-2010, 16:06 PM
Let OP tell us exactly what the leases prescribe in this context; neither of us yet knows.