Weʼre raising £6,000 to help get back on my feet with legal fees debts after fighting to save my home from forfeiture threats and repossession
- London, UK
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I am a leaseholder of a 2 bed flat in London and my landlord charged me £40,000 for works to our small block of flats.
The works were at a poor standard without health and safety or full certificates and today the block still suffers from water ingress and damp.
I did my best to challenge this cost at Tribunal (with others) as I learned that large unreasonable profits were taken at the leaseholders expense. The landlord threatened us with court proceedings and expensive lawyers legal fees over a year, that it was impossible and unbearable for us to continue to challenge against the deep pockets of the Landlord. I spent 5 years disputing and investigating the costs for us to have our consumer and human rights. It has been stressful, exhausting and I lost my life trying to fight an unfair unjust system in a battle of David and Goliath.
I tried to sell my home to pay and escape the threats. The 'sellers pack' was delayed to my buyers so led they pulled out.
The Landlord threatened me with forfeiture, to take my home if I didn't pay. The Law currently permits the landlord to act in this way. Every turn I (and others) was left without choices.
I joined the National Leasehold Campaign and learned I was not the only leaseholder with these problems. There's a number of similar cases of extortionate amounts of money taken , when all we wanted was a home and peace.
Leasehold properties are a far cry from peace and many home owners face a life of misery, debt and stress trapped.
These problems are being highlighted to Government to stop abuses and enforce strict regulations. Awareness and knowledge must be raised.
I had no chance of raising capital and strength to fight in court I believe in fighting for what's right for others and our future but need help personally to pay the legal fees to get back on my feet.
Any help is appreciated. Thank you for reading my story.
Home should mean 'Home'
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