I own a flat in a building and it feels as though I am being harassed by the freehold company.
When I bought the flat 5 years ago they said the previous owner did some work to the flat that wasnt allowed under the lease. They said I needed to contact the managing agent to see what needed to be done. I did that and after quite a bit of time and money the issue was resolved to the agent's satisfaction.
The freeholder was also trying to charge nearly £1000 administration fee for the breach. The agent told me not to worry about that because the freeholder had had legal advice to say it wasnt legal to charge the fee.
Very soon after the agent was replaced by the freeholder and ever since they have been denying I ever recified the illegal works and demanding the £1000.
They are using the illegal works / non payment of the fee as a reason not to give me my membership certificate for the freehold company (company limited by guarantee).
Recently things have got worse and they emailed me to say I had illegally removed a wall from the bathroom. That was rubbish and a week later they withdrew the complaint. Immediately after they said the flat was a 1 bedroom and I was using it as a 2 bedroom and there might be a problem with that. I use what was once the dining room as a bedroom. I bought the flat as a 2 bed (with the dining room as a bedroom) so this was a huge issue regarding the value of the flat.
2 months later they confirmed that they had no issue with me using the dining room as a bedroom but that I might need planning permission and I had to get written proof or a ruling from the council. I called the council and they said that was a nonesense and there was no problem with using the dining room as a bedroom.
All these things have been really stressful because there is a lot of money involved. There have been lots of other things too, like the freeholder calling the company I work for and leaving messages saying I owe a large amount of money - the £1000.
I also understand from other people in the building that the freeholder deliberately tries to disrupt the sale of flats. I tried to sell my flat in 2007 and the agent (the nice one that got fired) said that the freeholder had said they were going to make it as hard as possible for me.
This has been going on for 5 years, how can I stop them doing it?
Thank you very much in advance.