Service charge disputes

| 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 LLP, 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 Leeds, Wakefield, Harrogate and London, we can bring our experience and knowledge to your claim, no matter where you are.

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Ed Smith

Ed Smith


T. 0113 297 1875

Ed is a Partner in the dispute resolution department and has particular expertise in property-related matters and licensing.

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