How long is section 20 valid for?
Although the legislation does not impose a “use-by” date on a section 20 notice case law indicates that the process should take months, not years. As time passes tender prices will change and the scope of works may increase both of which may render the consultation notices ineffective if a court decided that the lessees may have been prejudiced. Another concern will be if a flat has changed hands you may be left with owners who have not been consulted at all or whose right to nominate a contractor may have been prejudiced. The leasehold advisory service recommend that the whole consultation process should be wrapped up in 12 months.