Leasehold conveyancing – Service Charge disputes with Local Authority landlords

If you are a leasehold owner and are not happy with the services or the associated service charges you receive from the Council, or do not consider them good value for money or you do not understand why you are being charged for something, you should try and speak to your landlord as soon as possible, and pay the items which are not subject to the service charge dispute.

You might also ask your landlord if there is a local leaseholders’ or residents’ association. This may be acting for other people in your area who have similar service charge disputes. You can think about taking disputed service charges to a Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (LVT ).

It is possible for your landlord can also take you to a Leasehold Valuation Tribunal. The Leasehold Advisory Service can give you free initial advice on your problem.

If you have a service charge dispute and you do not pay your service charges, and if a Leasehold Valuation Tribunal or a court or tribunal decides that the service charges are reasonable, your landlord may be able to repossess your home in accordance with the terms of the lease on the property. Therefore, if you have a service dispute, always seek expert advice, and ask about the risks – especially if you are refusing to pay all or part of the service charge. Fridaysmove is a firm that specialises in leasehold conveyancing, our Service Charge Dispute Team are more than happy to take your call to discuss your service charge dispute.