Another letter from my solicitor this morning. Apparently the housing association have said they will not agree to enter into a Deed of Variation:
as it is an old Stratford-on-Avon District Council Lease
Which, as far as I can tell, isn’t a reason at all. My solicitor is as baffled by this as I am. Apparently we’re now talking to the Halifax in order to get an indemnity policy. I think the problem is that if everybody else moves out, say, they could easily demand the entire buildings maintenance from me. Hopefully there’ll be a solution somewhere!
Also, the housing association are currently investigating all of their properties for compliance with asbestos regulations, and hope to have looked at my building by the end of November. My solicitor wants to complete ASAP, but with a ‘long-stop date’. I think this means that I’ll be able to move in, but the paperwork won’t be completed until the results of the survey are confirmed. I’m not sure what would happen if problems were found; would the price be up for renegotiation? I’ll check this 😉
So things are finally progressing after five weeks of very little, but not very fast. My sister and I are racing to complete on our new residences, but I have a feeling she’s going to win 🙂