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Any property with a shared ownership structure needs to be maintained. Service charges principally cover the cost of maintenance, repairs, insurance and management of the shared property.

The lease document sets out how and what service charges the Landlord can charge. Any service charge bill a Tenant receives should be in compliance with the lease.

As a Tenant, you have the right to be consulted about any proposed charges and works if the proposed cost is more than £250 (or £100 per year if the work lasts longer than 12 months). There is a formal notice the Landlord must serve to consult you before work is agreed upon. Read more about your rights as a Tenant below.

As a Landlord, you have the right to recover the service charge costs from the leaseholders. This is still the case even if you are a group of resident owners who collectively purchased the freehold. Read more about your rights as a Landlord and service charge recovery below.

Service Charge Disputes

There is a procedure to take the matter to the First Tier Tribunal Property Chamber (FTT), however all parties should be aware of the costs involved. You can get expert legal advice from our specialist team. We will:

  • Help you establish the best course of action
  • Assist with the service of Notices
  • Deal with preparation and representation at a tribunal hearing if necessary

Next Steps

Contact our friendly, expert team today to receive our FREE comprehensive service charge guide for Tenants. It’s an easy read at just three pages long – but we’ve packed in everything you need to know. Request your free copy today by emailing propertyexpert@bishopandsewell.co.uk or call us today on 0207 631 4141 and one of our experts will be able to advise your best course of action going forward.

If your service charge bill doesn’t look right – we’re here to help.

Three important things you should know:

  1. Your lease is the first place to look if you have concerns about the validity of your service charge bill. It sets out the obligations of both the Landlord and Tenant, including how and what can be charged to you by the Landlord as service charges.
  2. Your service charge bill must be in compliance with both your lease and the statutory rules.
  3. As a Tenant, you have specific rights, such as the right to be consulted about any proposed works and charges if the proposed cost is more than £250 per item, per flat (or £100 per year if the work lasts longer than 12 months). There is a formal notice the Landlord must serve before major work is carried out.

How We Can Help

  • Consider the validity of any demands for payment or consultation notices
  • Help you establish the best course of action
  • Assist with resolving the matter without the need for proceedings

Deal with issuing, preparation and representation at a tribunal hearing if necessary

Next Steps

Contact our friendly, expert team today to receive our FREE comprehensive service charge guide for Tenants. It’s an easy read at just three pages long – but we’ve packed in everything you need to know. Request your free copy today by emailing propertyexpert@bishopandsewell.co.uk or call us today on 0207 631 4141 and one of our experts will be able to advise your best course of action going forward.

 

If you want to recover your Service Charge arrears – we’re here to help.

Three important things you should know:

  1. Both the Lease document itself and the relevant legislation (the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985) are used to determine how you can recover service charges. The lease sets out the obligations of both the Landlord and Tenant, including how and what can be recovered in service charges. Landlords have a right to recover their service charges, even if you are a group of resident owners who collectively became the ‘Landlord’ by purchasing the freehold.
  2. The legislation also includes the right for a Tenant to challenge the “reasonableness” of the service charges, the subjective nature of which can cause contention.
  3. There are very detailed rules around the serving of demands for payment, statutory time frames and the information required to be included on correspondence and Notices. Failure to comply with the legislation may lead to arrears claims being unsuccessful.

How We Can Help

  • We’ll consider the validity of the demands and establish the best course of action
  • Assist with Letters Before Action
  • Deal with issuing, preparation and representation at a tribunal hearing if necessary

Next Steps

Contact our friendly, expert team today to receive our FREE comprehensive service charge guide for Tenants. It’s an easy read at just three pages long – but we’ve packed in everything you need to know. Request your free copy today by emailing propertyexpert@bishopandsewell.co.uk or call us today on 0207 631 4141 and one of our experts will be able to advise your best course of action going forward.

 

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