newsletter from SUSSEX HEIGHTS (BRIGHTON) LIMITED
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
This year’s AGM has been scheduled for Friday the 14th of November 2014 at 8:00PM. Formal notice will be sent shortly but the Board would welcome any proposals for election of Directors at the AGM.
Textbook newspeak: the board has no interest in hearing from shareholders, least of all nominations for sane directors.
Griffith Smith Farrington Webb LLP
As you may be aware, Griffith Smith Farrington Webb lLP have been working for a long time on a service charge arrears case against one of the leaseholders. Since commencing this matter back in 2010
And after four years what progress has been made?
we are told that the solicitor in this case has received and been subjected to unacceptable abuse and bullying (including death threats)
If this wasn’t so serious it would be laughable, unfortunately it is seriously libelous.
The Board has received from Austin Rees a notice of intention to terminate managing services for Sussex Heights.
Losing one servant in one month is unfortunate; to lose two smacks of a careless common denominator.
However, we are told that continually, over the past four years, staff and directors at Austin Rees have received constant harassment from a small minority of residents. This has been in form of emails, telephone calls and visits to the offices, also individuals at the firm have been personally targeted and regularly slandered on various websites and forums.
While this sounds as likely as the claimed death threats, it seems like a very peculiar way to deal with what sounds like what a managing agent is routinely required to do: answer emails, telephone calls and facilitate visits to their offices! Perhaps it’s a face saving exercise to bail out before they’re found to have collected their fees illegally in contravention of s.20ZA3 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985?
Windows Drips and cills Maintenance
The most of reported damp issues around windows have been found linked to low standard windows replacement works. The metal drips and cills were supposed to be removed during windows replacements, but in many cases it has not been done.
What about the original Critall windows? You can’t blame leaseholders for the abysmal performance of these that has been exacerbated by negligent maintainence of the cills and ill-judged application of a non porous paint the prohibits breathing.
New Secure Access System
The Board is delighted to present the new secure access system based on electronic contactless key fobs.
Why not consult with leaseholders before presenting this fait à complis?
They replace the front door keys and lock that jammed from time to time and their introduction is a step in line with many other quality blocks of Flats.
This is also known as “betterment” so we don’t expect to be charged for this in our service charge: the original locks worked fine for 45 years.
Every leaseholder can receive two keys for free and purchase up to 3 additional keys. The cost of each additional key is £10 before the 1st of January 2015 and £20 after. You can still operate the old key to open the main door, but only until Jonuary 2015. So please make sure you obtain new keys by the end of the year.
It’s unclear why the sale of keys is seen as a profit centre by this board – the previous keys were also sold with commercial margins unjustified by a paid agent.
The new key fobs are much more secure as they can be deactivated remotely when a resident moves away or a key fob is lost.
What are the privacy implications of vetting individual access this way?
There is also a proposal to install a new video entry phone system with direct connection to the porter’s desk and screens so
we hope the cost of this gimickery will not be charged to long suffering leaseholders!