I own a flat purchased on ownership basis in 1992 at Kolkata. There are 12 owners for 16 flats in the Ground plus 4 building with lift. The Maintenance Charges is collected by one individual an owner or his/her family member in cash each month just by entering the amount against the name of the flat owner in an exercise book and the contributor has put his/her signature after making the payment. No money receipt is issued and no Income/Expenditure Account is audited or circulated among the flat owners. There is no Flat Owners' Association or Managing Committee as the Building is not registered under West Bengal Apartment Ownership Act 1972.
I do not stay in my flat and it lies locked, unoccupied for several years due to personal reasons and medical treatment of my wife for which I stay in a different locality. As such, I pay my dues anually in April/May every year.
Recently, I was receiving frequent phone calls and threats claiming big amounts as Rs.30000/-, Rs.20000/ etc on different accounts in name of building maintenance for which I had to serve a legal notice to one of the owners who last collected the Maintenance Charge from me for my flat in May 2012 asking for the total outstanding due amount in my name for my flat with plausible mode of payment desired by them.
Unfortunately, there were no reply received by my lawyers till the preferred time limit of 14 days in the notice.
Now, what should be my next step? Please note, I want to make the payment of all my outstanding dues provided the total amount due from me is demanded from me in writing with break up and also the payment is made by some mode which has legal acceptance and validity. As just paying cash to one individual against some verbal demands made on telephone without issuance of any money receipt has no legal acceptance or validity in Indian Law.
Should another Legal Notice be sent referring the first one or a suit filed in court of law? If so, against whom and how? Please guide.