Service Charge Disputes

Clearly it is important to you as a leaseholder/tenant that you do not pay over the odds for your service charges. Likewise if you are a landlord, you need to be confident that you can recover your expenditure on your property.

If you are a commercial tenant, the lease will define the costs you must pay in your service charges. It is therefore important to consider the wording of your lease carefully, and we can assist you  in interpreting the extent of your obligations.

If you are a residential long leaseholder, there is a great deal of legislation in place designed to provide additional protection, regulating the reasonableness of service charges including insurance charges.

We are well versed in advising and representing commercial and residential leaseholders in service charge disputes.

We will establish:

  • whether the lease permits recovery of particular charges;
  • whether there are technical grounds for challenging service charges;
  • whether the charges could be reduced because the service costs are unreasonable in amount or unreasonably incurred.

We are happy to advise you and assist in negotiations through to representing you in an application to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) or the County Court.

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