Service Charge Disputes

Service charge provisions in leases are no more than a means of enabling a landlord to recover its running costs from tenants.

Issues arise in relation to the scope of service charge provisions, the level of expenditure incurred by the landlord, and also when payment is not made on time or in full by a tenant.

How we can help?

In relation to commercial premises, we can assist with the recovery of service charge arrears from current tenants, and also from former tenants, including the service of notices pursuant to Section 17 of the Landlord and Tenant Covenants Act 1995 (and dealing with requests made thereafter, pursuant to the same Act, for the grant of an overriding lease).

In relation to residential premises we can assist with proceedings brought in the County Court and Leasehold Valuation Tribunal. If necessary, we can deal with forfeiture, including the service of notices pursuant to Section 146 of the Law of Property Act 1925 and subsequent possession proceedings where necessary.