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General Discussion / Re: "Flat 3, Sabine" - DHL delivery
« Last post by Tom on September 12, 2019, 10:57:13 PM »
My wife now has her DHL shipment, not least thanks to your suggestion, Simon!  Thank you.
General Discussion / Re: "Flat 3, Sabine" - DHL delivery
« Last post by SF on September 12, 2019, 08:30:43 AM »
I would also try 3 at 1 RQ for good measure.
General Discussion / "Flat 3, Sabine" - DHL delivery
« Last post by Tom on September 11, 2019, 09:28:45 PM »
Could the person who took delivery of my wife's (surname: Apostolatou) DHL devliery yesterday a.m. addressed to her here at Flat 10, 2 RQ and signed for as "Flat 3, Sabine" as per the attached, please get the shipment to us as a matter of urgency.  We have made enquiries at Flat 3, 2 RQ ahead of this post.

We are most grateful to you - thank you very much.

Kind regards

10, 2 RQ
General Discussion / Re: One bed flat for sale
« Last post by S on August 30, 2019, 03:29:06 PM »
Thanks, Wickes did the kitchen a few years ago and the bathroom was done from a recommendation.
General Discussion / Re: One bed flat for sale
« Last post by SF on August 30, 2019, 10:55:44 AM »
Looks priced to sell, I would be surprised if that did not generate good interest.  Who did your kitchen and bathroom refurb?
General Discussion / One bed flat for sale
« Last post by S on August 30, 2019, 07:22:01 AM »
Hi All

Just to let you know, we have a one bed flat for sale in Rainbow Quay.

Please feel free to share the below link with anyone that you think may be interested.


General Discussion / Re: Looking to rent a parking space
« Last post by Anita on August 28, 2019, 08:50:57 PM »
Thank you, yes, we already found one.
I am taking down one wall and "moving" another. My surveyor's report, written at the start of Feb cost £500 and HJP costs were £705. Building regs, solicitor's costs to instruct the freeholder's solicitor to issue a license will bring my total closer to 2k I expect.
I am still to complete the paperwork trail but nearly there.

20th August update
solicitorís costs from the freeholder to issue the license is £1161.60 and may be more depending on adjustments. If I appoint a solicitor to read through the license draft thatís another 1k.
I forgot to mention the need for pre and post works plans which and architect has to draw up and provide insurance for; kerching again.

Not sure why I needed my own surveyor to stick a hole in the ceiling for the freeholder to send another surveyor? I would have hoped the freeholder would have had some construction details to refer to.

Quite a paper trail.

Just read Henryís update too and not looking forward to the additional billing from RQRC and Habitare. This is costing more than my kitchen!

Hi Henry

Would it be possible for me to give you a call regarding the process please?

Hi David, sorry for the delayed reply. The process is long winded and highly inefficient - because of the freeholder. This is the process as far as I know -

1) Get your own structural surveyor to report that the load bearing wall is not structural (circa £300-400)
2) Send this report to freeholder's surveyor (called HJP)
3) HJP them require a large amount of documents including floorplans (old and new), Buildings approval confirmation from the council (can be done online and costs £240), various details about your builder and their insurance etc
4) After HJP have all the docs they need, they then come round to your flat to 'check' that the other structural report was correct. This will cost you £400-500 and you have no choice. You must also agree to replace any new flooring with more expensive sound proofing underneath the new flooring as a requirement (not sure if this is legally required but they wont progress without you agreeing to it).
5) Then HJP send their report and all the documents to Secure Reversions (the freeholder) so they can issue a 'license to alter'.
6) Sampson Coward (the freeholders solicitors) will now be engaged, and send you a bill for £1200 + VAT to draw up the paperwork for the license to alter. This must be paid upfront
7) After that has been completed, The Rainbow Quay Residents Company will charge around £450 for their solicitors to look over and approve the paperwork, then Habitaire will require £150 to sign the documents
6) Then you can actually complete the 6 hour job of knocking down a non-load bearing wall - so simple

The weak link in the chain is HJP and Secure Reversions. From experience, HJP need to be hassled aggressively to get anywhere and they are incredibly inexperienced (I knew more about the process than they did).

Secure Reversions on the other hand are laughable. After completing steps 1-5, I have then called and left messages to the freeholder, sent countless emails to all of the different people in the company and for months have not heard anything back.

Total costs -

£350 for First report
£240 for Council buildings control
£550 for HJP 
£1400 for Sampson Coward
£450 for RQRC
£150 for Habitaire

= over £3140 in admin costs to knock down a non-load bearing wall :)

If anyone else thinks these charges are not 'reasonable' (as defined by Schedule 11 of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002), then please get in touch so we can act on it.

Any questions let me know, cheers!
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