If you are a leaseholder of a residential flat and your service charge seems to be constantly increasing for no apparent reason there is a mechanism by which you can challenge it. You can make an application to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal for a determination as to whether the service charge is reasonable (this may still be possible even if you have paid the service charge).
An application cannot be made to the LVT in the following circumstances:-
There is no simple definition of what is reasonable, but consideration needs to be given to questions such as:-
The costs in a LVT can be significant, therefore the more leaseholders who join in the application to the LVT, the lower each individual’s costs will be, a collective approach can be more effective than individual approaches. It is important that the leaseholders have available and provide all relevant service charge documentation as well as details of and reasons for the items in dispute.
If you require any further information please contact a member of our Property Team.
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