We are residential leasehold specialists, and our expertise is recognised by the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).
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What is a reasonable service charge?
Service charge disputes are common, but what is a reasonable service charge?
Service charges can rise or fall without limit. But legally, the landlord can only recover “reasonable” costs. As a tenant, you can apply to the tribunal to challenge any unreasonable service charge.
“I would like to thank you for your expertise and speed [in the recent matter]. We are relieved that it did not have to go any further.” HT
What are sinking funds?
Most leases allow landlords to collect money ‘up front’ to create one or more reserve or ‘sinking’ funds. Their purpose is to ensure funds are available to cover the cost of irregular and more expensive work. Such work might include decorating the common areas, replacing the lift or carrying out major structural repairs.
Service charge dispute solicitors
Whether you are a landlord or tenant, our experienced team will advise and represent you in your service charge disputes. We quickly establish whether:
- the lease permits recovery of particular charges;
- technical grounds exist for challenging service charges;
- the charges are unreasonable because the service costs are too high or unreasonably incurred.
We will advise and assist you in negotiations through to representing you in applying to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) or the County Court.
“May I convey my very many thanks for everything you have all done to bring this unfortunate situation to a close.” AS