I have a dispute regarding the replacement of a lock on an external door in my leasehold property. (England, United Kingdom)
There are four flats in the converted period property, two maisonettes (having their own private entrances), and two flats which share an entrance which leads to a hallway and stairs to their respective flat entrances.
We each own a share of freehold and subsequently each have our own leases. My title plan does not include the afore mentioned shared door - I have my own entrance to my flat.
I have been requested to share the cost of a replacement lock for the shared door. I don't have a key, nor am I able to use the door.
The lease states:
- Maintaining and keeping in good and substantial repair and condition:-
iii. the common entrances passages landing and staircases of the Property
My query is this.
What constitutes the common parts of the property?
Should these costs be shared amongst all owners, or only those who have access to it. Similarly, should the stairs need replacing in this area, is everyone again liable to share these costs or only those with access to them?