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Hi there, its been a while since i've been on here (claimed bank and cc charges long time ago now) but had a baby since then!!:)

Any how I have a small query. We have re-mortgaged recently and received a letter this morning from Shenstone Properties demanding outstanding groundrent. I understand this is due to havng a leasehold property, however we have never received anything prior to this letter today requesting money? What is more confusing the amount is only £6.84 and admin & recovery costs are £70!! And they have threatened us with County Court summons for recoveryof o/s ground rent and costs which may result in us incurring additional charges in excess of £250??? How can they threaten us with this when we have never had chance to pay this grd rent in over 4 yrs?? We've not had one letter about it from them before....

They do quote these charges are allowed for in section 146 (3 & 5) of the Law of Property Act

Please can someone advise?


:cool: 20/07/06 - DPL sent

11/08/06 - Chased and faxed DPL letter to Halifax

1 week later received full set of statements (4 yrs)

:o 19/08/06 - Request for £2908.31 letter sent inc interest

:-| 22/08/06 - Standard resp rec'd

:oops: 5/09/06 - Offer of £236 rec'd (are they avin a laff?)

5/08/06 - Sent LBA

8/09/06 sent letter, will accept as part settlement from Halifax not full etc.

12/09/06 - Rec'd offer of £657 (6 mnths charges as full settlement)

15/09/06 - sent letter will accept as part payment on understanding I will recover the remainder etc...

:confused: 19/09/06 - Rec'd another offer of £717? No Deal!

25/09/06 - submitted moneyclaim for full amount + court costs

:D 29/09/06 - Halifax settled in full, £3,028.31

23/10/06 - Halifax credit card settled in full

20/1106 - MBNA stettled in full

23/1106 - Halifax cardcash settled in full

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