A legal battle is looming between flat owners and their managing agents over a catalogue of complaints.
Residents at Selmeston House in Upperton Road say they have each paid Stredder Pearce thousands of pounds for repairs to their properties but are not happy with the work carried out and claim there are still serious faults.
One resident has refused to pay his service charge until the work is completed satisfactorily which has led to a court hearing which sets to deepen as residents and managing agents clash.
Rod Morgan, who lives in one of the flats, paid £9,476 as his share towards the works in 2011, which cost in total £280,000 and included replacing balcony railings, recovering the roof, concrete works and repointing.
He said, “Balcony railings were not properly installed and not compliant with building regulations, the finishing is ugly and unsightly and the tiles on my balcony floor were removed without consultation and replaced with a surface which now produces serious pooling of water where there was none before.
“All of these issues have been clearly specified in writing to the managing agents and the Selmeston House Right-to-Manage Company, and there has been no serious attempt to rectify or resolve any of them. This is just not on.”
A spokesperson for Stredder Pearce told the Herald, “At the present time we can confirm that court proceedings have been issued against a resident for non-payment of service charge and the matter is currently being dealt with in Eastbourne County Court.
“Under the circumstances it would be inappropriate to make any further comment until the court proceedings have been concluded.”
There are 28 one and two bedroom flats in the building, originally built by Llewellyns.