Charges and Court Hearing for Ground Rent Arrears that were never received

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Wonder if anyone may be able to please advise on the following issue...

I bought a rental property 2 years ago.

Today I received a solicitors letter demanding Ground Rent Arrears + and extra £2,000 in Legal & Court fees for late payment.

Now the reason for my late payment, is that the Freeholder was sending the demands to the rental property address, not my correspondence address. So I never actually received the demands.

So given that the Freeholder was using the wrong address, do they still have the right to demand that I pay all of these extra legal costs and court fees?

Note: When purchasing the property, the receipted Notice of Transfer clearly states my correct correspondence address for Ground Rent Demands. i.e. the Freeholder was made aware of the correct address from the start, they just didn't use it.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

01/08/2016 19:30

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