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Here are some of the questions people frequently ask about
What should I do if I want to sub-let my property? Why do I
have to pay?
If you wish to sub-let your property, most leases state that you
should obtain consent from the landlord and that the sub-tenant
should enter into a 'direct deed of covenant' to ensure the
sub-tenant complies with the general terms and regulations
contained within the Lease.
In order to protect the other residents in the building and to
comply with the terms of the Lease, references are required and the
letting must be to a specific person.
You must pay reasonable solicitor's costs for the preparation
and completion of the 'deed of covenant' and an administration cost
to us for dealing with this matter. These fees are set out in the
I own a freehold house, why do I have to pay Vision PEM?
We have been appointed by the freeholder to maintain any
communal grounds such as, car parks or landscaped areas. Your
transfer document will state your contribution contribute towards
the maintenance of these areas.
I am going to sell my property before the year-end date on the
invoice; do I still have to pay?
Yes. As the owner of the property when the invoice was issued,
the full payment is due from.
You must request a receipt when you pay as your solicitor will
need to obtain a refund from your purchaser, or a contribution to
the cost you have incurred.
If you are completing a sale before the beginning of the invoice
period, pass the invoice to your solicitor so that he or she
becomes aware of it. For most sales, solicitors ask us if there are
any payments outstanding. If you have not paid it is possible that
this may hold up your sale.
The demand received is not in my name. Why? And what is my
This usually occurs when a sale has taken place and your
solicitor has not registered the notice of assignment with us as
required by your lease. You should contact your solicitor
immediately to ensure that the position is regularised.
Registration is generally within 30 days from the date of
Until registration has taken place, we are unable to amend the
record relating to your property. However, as the owner, you are
responsible for the charges and should pay these even though you
may be resolving matters with your solicitor.
There is a leak into my property from the flat above, what
should I do?
In the first instance, you should contact whoever lives in
the flat above. Quite often, they are unaware of the fault and will
rectify the problem straight away. if you have experience
difficulty making contact with the offending flat, please contact
us and we will happily contact the owner of the property advising
them that there is a leak. Regrettably, Vision cannot carry out any
repairs to pipe work falling within the responsibility of
if any damage is caused to your property and you wish to make a
claim on the block buildings insurance, please contact us as soon
as possible. We will provide you with the necessary
I have nuisance/noisy neighbours, what can I do?
Noise from TV's, stereos, party guests leaving the property and
so on can be very frustrating, particularly late at night.
Persistent noise nuisance is best dealt with by your local
councils Environmental Health Department who have the necessary
powers to deal with this. Their involvement usually provides a
You should also notify us of these incidents for our
Every leaseholder has the right to peaceful enjoyment of their
property and failure to comply by others is a breach under the
terms of the lease.
Why do I pay buildings insurance, I have my own policy?
Under the terms of most leases we insure the whole building, not
your belongings and home contents. If your bank or building society
requires you to insure through them, ask for a copy of the
insurance summary details and current schedule and give this to
People are parking in my allocated bay, what can I do?
Regrettably Vision cannot protect a your individual parking
space. If any vehicle parks upon it, the only person who can take
action is you the leaseholder who owns that space. Please contact
us for further information.
Can I have satellite TV?
Most leases carry a prohibition against any form of receiving
equipment except communal receivers. If all residents wish to
have a satellite service they should let us know in writing. At no
time should individual dishes be affixed to the buildings or placed
in the grounds.
What is the difference between freehold and leasehold?
If you purchase a freehold property, you will own the home and
the land it is built on. There may however be a freehold company
who owns the estate areas, such as communal car parking or garden
areas. If you buy a leasehold property you are actually buying the
rights to live in a property for a set period of time. You won't
actually own the structure, or the grounds it is situated on. Most
flats are leasehold.
Can I keep a pet? Is there a charge for this?
Some leases have an absolute ban on any pets, or certain
specified animals. Other leases allow pets al long as consent is
obtained beforehand. In these cases written consent is
So if wish to have a cat or dog, please write to us. In the case
of a dog, we would normally require a photograph to ensure that it
is a breed which is consistent with flat living. The written
consent is given subject to what are termed 'good neighbour'
conditions, details of which can be obtained from your property
What is a 'Balancing Service Charge'?
There is often an adjustment to the service charge after the
year end as it is unlikely that our estimate will equal the amount
expended during the year.
This adjustment can be a credit if we over estimate or a debit
if we under estimate however if we under estimate, an invoice will
be sent to you for the balance due.
If we over estimate, the adjustment are credited to your account
and can reduce future demands.
I was not living in my property for the period on the invoice;
do I still have to pay?
As the current owner, you are now liable for making this
payment. However, your solicitor should have made arrangements to
cover this contingency, usually by keeping back a retention from
the money owed to the person who sold the property to you. You
should check this with your solicitor.
I need urgent emergency repairs . Can Vision PEM help?
In our capacity as managing agent, we are responsible for the
maintenance and repair of the common parts of building structures,
estate grounds and shared service installations. If an emergency
situation occur during normal office hours, residents should
contact us as quickly as possible.