Subletting my buy to let property
Recently the freehold was sold and the managing agents for the new freeholder is insisting that I seek permission which is entirely right, fair and will benefit the property, the tenants and the building. However, they are demanding £150+vat for granting this permission and are saying that they will continue to charge £100 +vat per annum thereafter whilst I continue to sublet. This charge is apparently to administer the verification of ASTs.
I have 2 questions:
1) there is no mention of charging for granting permission to sublet in the lease. Can they do this?
2) if the answer to 1) is yes, can I charge them a fee for handling their paperwork?