We need consent from the majority of owners to allow repairs to go ahead.
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below to see if we have the answer. If you can't find the answer, get in touch.
What happens if the majority of owners don’t consent to a repair, the work doesn’t go ahead and the damage gets much worse?
If we don’t get the go ahead to do the work, and believe its essential, we may look at enforcing the work through the local authority. This can be expensive for all owners as the council will add their administrative costs to any work eventually carried out. It is in your best interests to consent as soon as possible before the damage gets worse.
What if I can’t afford the work just now, no matter how essential it is?
Please don’t ignore the damage to your property - if it gets worse, the cost of a repair will go up. Please call us to discuss payment options. We will be sympathetic and as helpful as possible to your personal circumstances. We can also direct you to other agencies that might be able to help you.
What happens if I am the only owner badly affected by the damage and my neighbours will not give consent because they are not directly suffering from it?
You and your neighbours are all equal owners of the common parts of your property and the value of your common asset is equally important to all owners.
Will you sue my neighbours if they will not agree to work being done?
As a factor we can’t sue property owners for not maintaining the property. Only other owners can take that type of legal action for a possible breach of the Title Deeds that apply to the property. Any owner considering this option should seek their own independent legal advice. We would normally recommend enforcement action through the local authority, which we can help initiate.
Is the proposed repair the best solution for the damage?
Many repairs need to be pre-inspected before work is carried out. This will help make sure we use the most suitable materials for the job.
When does Lowther not need permission?
Where there is a risk to health and safety, we can go ahead with necessary repairs to protect all residents and their properties. Please be aware that we can apply to your local authority to have essential work enforced. This is generally a last resort, as we always strive to reach agreement with you and the other homeowners in your block first.