Abacus’ specialists can assist landlords in dealing with all aspects of service charges. This is a heavily legislated area and key is section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant act 1985 (as amended by s151 of Commonhold & Landowners Reform Act 2002). This provides that tenants paying variable service charges must be consulted before a landlord carries out works above £250 or enters into a long-term agreement for the provision of services. Our flowchart gives an indication of the necessary steps when consulting.
It is important to seek specialist advice to make sure that you get this right. Falling foul of the legislation can make service charges irrecoverable.
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