Service charge disputes typically arise out of the tenant not agreeing with the charges they are receiving from the landlord. Service charges are a means for the landlord to recover the charges incurred from maintaining the building. It is important for the landlord and tenant to know their legal standing on these matters.
There are two types of service charges, fixed and variable. Fixed charges are charges for a particular fee which is not subject to change. However, variable charges are subject to change. Although there is no limit to variation in price, it must be reasonable. If you are paying the service charge on a property, you are legally entitled to ask for a summary of where the service charge money is being used (this may include receipts). If they do not provide this information, it is a criminal offence.
Every service charge dispute is different. The charges which you are legally bound to pay will always be set out in your lease agreement. This is why it is important to know exactly what you are agreeing to before you sign your lease agreement.
We act for both tenants and landlords on these matters. If you are seeking advice regarding service charges, please get in contact with our team of specialists. We can help you through every stage of the process and look forward to your call.
What do I do next?
Contact us online or speak to one of our experienced property lawyers on 0207 998 7777 for a free initial consultation. With our vast experience in the field, our team will work with you to ensure this process runs as smooth as possible. All information you provide us with is treated with the utmost confidentiality.
We will contact you no later than the next working day to arrange a meeting at our offices in London W1 to advise on the agreement.