Ground rent - Who to pay it to

We have bought our house 1 year and 7 months ago. It is a leasehold, and the ground rent is £200 a year to be paid in June.  Last year, as I was stressed knowing that we need to pay ground rend and being a good citizen, I have just contacted directly the landlord are requested her bank details to pay ground rent. I now realise that I was maybe too eager and should have just waited for the  landlord to formally requests it. Should I just to receive a formal letter, and not take any action until I hear officially from the landlord?


  • edited 14 July 2022 at 8:44PM
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    edited 14 July 2022 at 8:44PM

    The law says ground rent isn't due - unless/until the landlord sends you a bill.  So you don't have to do anything or pay anything until you get a bill.

    As background info:
    • (The law talks about the landlord giving you notice that rent is due - in simple terms, that means sending you a bill.)
    • The law says the bill must be sent to the leasehold house - unless you have given the landlord another address.

    But the landlord has up to 6 years to claim ground rent - so a bill might turn up at some point in the future.

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