It is normal practice for the freeholder to appoint a management company to manage the freehold property. This may be a small company looking after one property, or a much larger corporation that manages multiple properties. Commonly in properties with a small number of leasehold flats, the individual leaseholders might act as directors of the management company themselves. The management company usually organises repairs and maintenance of the freehold elements as well as managing the other terms of the lease. There is also a statutory process under which the management company must consult with tenants where proposed works are over a certain financial threshold.
Sometimes the lease will set out the role and responsibilities of the management company, but sometimes the arrangement is less formal and different practices arise over time. The management company may in some cases not be functioning effectively, either due to a lack of time or commitment from the directors or because of some other reason. This is not helpful, especially when maintenance is not being carried out or repairs are pressing.
If you are struggling to get your management company to carry out essential works, or equally if they are proposing works or seeking money from you which you feel is excessive or unnecessary, you might have grounds to challenge this. We will give you guidance on your issue and: