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A guide to service charges

A guide to service charges

What are Service Charges? Service charges are payable by the leaseholder to the landlord (or their agent) for the services the landlord is obliged to provide under the terms of the lease. Your lease will determine how your service charge is calculated and what it can be used to pay for. Typically, this will include […]

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Other charges applicable to leasehold properties

Other charges applicable to leasehold properties

Administration Charges The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 introduced rights relating to administration charges. These are defined in the 2002 act as ‘an amount payable by a tenant as part of or in addition to rent, which is payable directly or indirectly for: the grant of approvals under the lease or applications for such […]

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I own the freehold of my property. Why do I have to pay an estate charge?

I own the freehold of my property. Why do I have to pay an estate charge?

Estate charges on freehold properties In a private estate, it is common that the homeowners of freehold properties must pay a contribution for the upkeep of the communal areas on the estate. The communal areas may simply be private roads; but they can also include landscaped gardens, electric gates, street lighting, refuse areas, sewage pumps […]

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Service charges and the law

Service charges and the law

This article is a brief description of the various pieces of legislation that relate to leasehold service charges. To see the full detail, I would recommend going to www.legislation.gov.uk Landlord and Tenants Act 1985 Section 18:  this defines what” service charge” and “relevant costs” are. Service charge costs: for each development the lease will define […]

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Five ways to reduce your service charge

Five ways to reduce your service charge

Ensure that you know where your service charge is being spent. Under section 21 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, leaseholders have the right to demand a summary of service charge costs. For further details of the processes involved and your rights and remedies go to our knowledge base section on leasehold Law Common […]

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