Marine Court hike in service charges is necessary

I WRITE in response to your article about service charges in Marine Court. The previous owner of Marine Court mismanaged the building and neglected it.

In response the majority of residents combined to force the owner to sell the freehold. This was a complex, costly and lengthy process, but we succeeded in September 2010.

There were three objectives in obtaining the freehold, namely to instigate good management, to ensure every penny collected in service charges was spent on managing and maintaining the building, and to carry out the major repairs needed.

The first two objectives have been achieved. The third is ongoing.

Works to the ‘bow’ were completed last year. Your readers will note that works to the ‘stern’ have commenced (it is covered by scaffold). The concrete construction of the building means that far more than simple redecoration is needed.

Ms Friedman complains about the carpets and internal decor, but these cannot be addressed until the pipe work is renewed and structural problems addressed.

At the same time as complaining about the condition of the building, Ms Friedman objects to the level of service charges. However, with no grants available the cost of repairs falls on all leaseholders.

In time Marine Court will be restored to its former glory and this will benefit all residents.

TONY MARTIN

Director

Marine Court (St Leonards on Sea) Freeholders Ltd

Marine Court

St Leonards