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    • LdnFtB
    • By LdnFtB 9th Apr 18, 11:02 PM
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    Section 20 (Major Works Invoice) not disclosed by vendors solicitors
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    • 9th Apr 18, 11:02 PM
    Section 20 (Major Works Invoice) not disclosed by vendors solicitors 9th Apr 18 at 11:02 PM
    Hi there,

    We've just purchased an ex council flat in a probate sale, and sorting through the correspondence from the freeholder at the address we've found a Section 20 Notice which was not forwarded to us during the conveyancing process.

    We received the sellers information pack on the 6th January. In the element on major works it listed two items which had already been invoiced and paid in full, and a list of future scheduled works which were yet to be invoiced.

    On the 22nd February the vendors solicitors sent our solicitor copies of 'all Section 20 invoices' - these documents only relayed to the two items which had already been paid in full. The vendors solicitors refused to offer a retention on the basis that all Section 20's had already been paid in full.

    On the 29th March we completed.

    We have just discovered a third section 20 Notice + invoice in the correspondence which was sent to the property on the 26th January, to the tune of ~500, relating to one of the items in the sellers pack which was 'future scheduled works'.

    Given our solicitor requested copies of all Section 20 notices, and also requested a timescale for when the 'future scheduled works' would be implemented, we feel that this third Section 20 Notice which remains unpaid ought to have been disclosed as part of the conveyancing process.

    What's our position?
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    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 10th Apr 18, 8:16 AM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 8:16 AM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 8:16 AM
    Did the freeholder (LA) not give your solicitor independent confirmation of the s20 notices in the two months between it being sent to the (presumably empty) property and completion?

    Is it possible that post to the empty property was not actually reaching whoever is dealing with the probate sale? Could it have been hanging out of the letter box or left in a communal area, and stolen?

    If we were talking about 20k, it might be worth getting a bit exercised here. For 500, swallow it. The blood pressure alone involved in trying to get anywhere is simply not worth it, even before you consider solicitor costs.
    • AnotherJoe
    • By AnotherJoe 10th Apr 18, 8:32 AM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 8:32 AM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 8:32 AM
    It's probably worth writing a letter and claiming the 500 and seeing what happens. They may offer to meet you half way for example.
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