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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.

Service Charge – Help For Tenants

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.

Service Charge – Help For Landlords

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

Contact our Property team

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 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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