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Can a freeholder charge a Service Charges when no service is being provided

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« on: July 25, 2020, 02:34:56 PM »


1)I am the leaseholder of a flat in London,  the freehold of which was sold in auction together with the flat upstairs, in  November last year.   The lease appears to states that charges if any to be shared by both flat There are 6 flats in total  in the block,- 3 ground floor and 3 upper floor,. No communal entrances .
 2) I have just managed to make contact with the new freeholders who advise they sent to a letter of introduction.. and an accompanying  demand for payment...  in December 2019 with penalty cost  if payment not received within 14 days. 
3) I let the flat .. through a letting agent. The current tenants have not passed on such a letter if indeed any such was delivered to/ received by them
4) I extended my lease, some years ago  and now pay peppercorn ground rent  yearly ground rent of a peppercorn.
5) The previous outgoing freeholders/  agents  have always arranged household buildings insurance and I have paid my respective portion of it.
60 I have never  been invoiced for or paid  a service charge as no services are in fact provided nor have they been  provided historically
7) The demand for payment from new freeholder  includes a rebate of the insurance paid to previous freeholder together with a demand for payment of a Service Charge,  which is not itemised or broken down and is over double what I was previously paying for the  insurance.
) I  have immediately  responded   requesting clarification of what the service Charge covers, receipts for any charges incurred .. and advising I have never paid this before, only  my share of yearly buildings insurance.  No response from them so far.

What should I do next?  The insurance rebate was up to 1st Jan 2020. Should I ask what my share of current insurance is and pay that ? Hopefully they will have arranged this as per their responsibility in lease to maintain the building fabric.
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