Health & Safety in buildings containing flats: Obligations and who pays?
By Simon Tye, Legal Adviser September 2017 Health and safety in blocks of flats, and in particular, fire safety risk...
It is usually the case that every leaseholder has to contribute towards roof repairs as they are deemed to be common parts.
However, legally you only pay for the costs of roof repair, if your lease has a term which obliges you to pay for these works.
Therefore, you should refer to the terms of your lease in order to establish what you are required to pay for. If your lease requires you to contribute for roof repairs and you think the costs are too high and unreasonable, you can try and challenge these.
Furthermore, the landlord, when carrying out major works like roof repairs, will most likely be required to follow section 20 consultation which will give you a right, amongst others, to give your observations about the works and propose a contractor.
More information you might find useful:
- Service Charges and other issues
- Resolutions for service charge disputes
- Section 20 Consultation
- More Frequently Asked Questions on Service Charges
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