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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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Service charges. How to avoid the most common mistakes

Service charges. How to avoid the most common mistakes

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 sets out the basic ground rules for service charges, defining what is considered a service charge, setting out requirements for reasonableness and for prior consultation of leaseholders. The three most common mistakes we have encountered with self-managed sites are as follows: Not including a copy of “Service Charges – […]

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