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What is a service charge?
A service charge is a payment made by a leaseholder (e.g. a flat owner) to their landlord (the building owner). It goes towards the costs that the landlord incurs in providing services to the property. This is payable in addition to the usual rent. A lease will usually set out what the service charge is there to take care of.
Service charge demands
Landlords and managing agents must be clear and transparent when they demand service charges. If they are not, a leaseholder may seek to challenge the charges. We advise landlords on service charge demands. We can also assist leaseholders who are concerned about the service charge demands they have received.
Service charge disputes
If you are concerned about the level of the service charges that have been demanded of you, our solicitors can help. In some cases, you may be able to challenge the reasonableness of service charges at the First Tier Tribunal.
We can also advise on issues such as major works projects and service charges; fire safety cladding and whether that should be recovered through the service charge; buildings insurance demands and claims for forfeiture.
Service charge arrears recovery
As well as acting for leaseholders, our specialist solicitors work with landlords to collect service charge arrears quickly and successfully.
Why choose us to resolve your service charge dispute?
Our property disputes solicitors are experienced in service charge disputes. Our advice will be cost-effective and practical. We will get to know you and understand the issue. We will advise you on the most effective method of dispute resolution, whether negotiation, mediation or issuing court or tribunal proceedings.
At Levi Solicitors, we are proud to be transparent on fees and will give you clear costs advice from the outset. If you would like a FREE, no obligation discussion to see how we can help you resolve your leasehold dispute, call us on (freephone) 0800 988 7756.
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