I bought a flat 5 years ago in a block built some 6 +years earlier. There was no "community" as the developer still held 75% of the flats - and still does 11 years since building them. I got a letter from him stating that there were no outstanding charges against my flat when I purchased. They have maintained and funded the building ever since, presumably out of their rental income.
One year ago they decided to form a formal community. We held a meeting, elected officers and agreed a quarterly charge which I have paid every 3 months.
We - the other owners - have been notified of arrears of charges now due for the period since the property was built ( mine proportioned for the time I have owned it).
Since there was no formal community in existence, can they ask for arrears, and should we pay? I understood that the developer was responsible until he handed over to community of ALL the owners?
I am not against making a contribution towards bills such as electric, water, pool cleaning etc. but over half of the amount they want is for painting the block - which they carried out themselves and without our being consulted.
I have carried out minor repairs and dealt with various items as my contribution to the well being of the community but sought no recompense as I was not paying any charges - or so I thought!
We have an AGM in a few weeks, what should I do?