One of the best ways to take a preventative approach to service charge dispute is to set up a recognised tenants’ association (RTA) is often the first step residential.
This suggestion to avoid service charge disputes has recently vocalised by the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE), the government-funded free legal advice service.
LEASE chief executive Tony Essien says “Things like cleaning, routine maintenance and door entry systems that can, over time, agitate those living in leasehold properties, ”
“It is often the case that, when they speak together as an RTA, leaseholders can nip many of these problems in the bud. An RTA offers a single point of contact with those who own and manage their premises. ”
Where leasehold owners want to embark on major collective projects like changing the managing agents, avoid service charges disputes or even buying the freehold, then forming a residents association is the easiest way of ensuring that everyone is involved and committed before the whole process is begun
It is not always a straightforward process as landlords may not simply grant recognition without any argument. If the landlord does object then private leaseholders can apply to a Rent Assessment Panel (RAP) for recognition. RAPs are part of the Residential Property Tribunal Service, which also has responsibility for the Leasehold Valuation Tribunals that can adjudicate on a range of leasehold disputes including service charge disputes.