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Service Charge Disputes

Service Charge Disputes

Service charges are variable charges payable directly or indirectly for services, repairs, maintenance, improvements or insurance, or the landlord’s costs of management in respect of a dwelling.

A landlord must provide certain information and documents when s/he makes a demand for service charges. Below are the contents that must be provided to the tenant:

  • Name and address
  • Notice of tenant’s rights
  • Estimates
  • Compliance with the lease.

Unfortunately, tenants who are liable to service charges are often in disagreement in the amount or the associated costs in a services charge and this can lead to a service charge dispute between tenants and landlords.  

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Most frequent questions and answers

Service charges enable landlords to recover the costs they incur when providing services to a property. The charges cover the costs of various matters, including:

  • General maintenance
  • Repairs
  • Insurance of the building

A request for payment of service charges must be made in writing and feature the name and address of the landlord, or a management company that is named on the lease and should receive direct payment. If sums are owed retrospectively for works, an 18-month time limit applies within which the making of the expense. If the tenant is not given notice that payment is due within this period, the landlord cannot recover

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