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Co-freeholder difficulties - he's a dictator!

We share a terrace house - he has the top two storeys, I have the bottom one and we are joint freeholders. As I rent my property, I wanted to change my windows to more energy saving ones, he put a stop to it and complained to the council who denied my planning permission. It's pretty standard of his autocratic behaviour over the last 12 years, it's his way or the highway. So it's got to change and I want to know where I stand on freehold issues... 1) I've bit my tongue for 12 years, but we've been paying an accountancy firm to do our accounts (my dog could do them, they're that simple) for £300 a year, it's absurd. The issue... he's the CEO of that accountancy firm. Can I complain about the conflict of interest now and to whom, if he couldn't care less? Can I bring up the past or is it too late as it was never hidden from me? This will be the last year we pay them whatever, but it'd be nice to have a black mark to his name. 2) He does work without telling me, then expects the kitty t

Asked on Feb 7 2018, General in London | Report content

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  • Hello - what an annoying situation. I would try and approach this as amicably as possible not only because you are sharing the house but, also, taking on lawyers to deal with this kind of thing can end up being even more expensive. Couple of questions: - Would it be worth approaching the council again to speak with the planning office about your windows? It seems odd they would refuse the application - especially as they are energy saving. - Those accountancy costs do seem high - do you pay the full cost?

    Answered on Feb 8 2018, Report content

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