In April this year the St Martins TRA held a meeting on leaseholder issues. One of the issue concerned lifts in Harbin House. We have now heard from Metropolitan about this
The minutes said
A resident said Metropolitan bills the residents of her part of Harbin House £12,000 a year to maintain the lift. For the financial year 2014-2015 this was because £7,000 was spent on remedial work. But this figure was maintained for the year 2015-2016, and the 2016-2017 estimate. Ben said he will email a full cost breakdown for 2015/16 and 2016/17 to Chris, who will forward it to the resident. This will include receipts.
You can see the full minutes here
Ben Hall from Metropolitan has now responded. He has said:
The original question raised at the meeting was; ‘why does lift maintenance cost £12,000 a year for each block?’
£11,542.57 was the lift maintenance cost for Harbin House in 2014/15. There were some upgrade/remedial works, which accounted for £7064.40 of the costs, and some repairs were carried out. My colleagues in our Mechanical & Engineering department have reviewed the breakdown and confirmed that the works carried out were not out of the ordinary. All the quotes are verified by our independent contractor Dunbar and Boardman to make sure that they are necessary and value for money.
In a follow-up at the meeting, a leaseholder felt that the lift maintenance costs for 2013/14 were high;
The lift costs in 2013/14 totalled £9,900.25. There were 4 repairs in 13/14 and again these were verified by our independent contractor, Dunbar and Boardman. The other 7 orders are for servicing.
Please see breakdowns attached.
Please Note; Whilst compiling the breakdowns I noticed a lift repair (Rubax Lifts Limited, Invoices 61958 and 73572) that had been charged for in both 2013/14 and 2014/15 in error . The cost of the repair was £2820.00, I have credited each leaseholder their relevant share of the cost.
If you live in Harbin House and think the TRA should take this matter further please contact us
We will post to this website soon with the other outcomes of the meeting.