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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.

With offices in LeedsLeeds North (Moortown) and London, we can bring our experience and knowledge to your claim, no matter where you are.

Residential Property Disputes Team

Ed Smith


0113 297 1875

Ed is a partner in our dispute resolution department and also deals with licensing matters. Read More.

Gemma Horner


0113 468 4099

Gemma is a solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team, based at our Leeds City Centre office. Read More.

Zoreen Aziz


0113 532 7184

Zoreen is a solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team, based at our Leeds City Centre office. Read More.

David Unwin

Chartered Legal Executive

0113 297 3169

David is a chartered legal executive in our dispute resolution department. Read More.

Amelia Fragola Hunt

Dispute Resolution Paralegal

0113 297 3187

Amelia Fragola Hunt is a Dispute Resolution paralegal in our Leeds office. Read More.

Sasha Taylor Bolshaw

Dispute Resolution Paralegal

0113 297 3187

Sasha Taylor-Bolshaw is a Dispute Resolution paralegal in our Leeds office. Read More.

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