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I am being asked to pay a service charge bill which I can’t afford to repair a lift I never use because it is in a different building. What can I do?

I am being asked to pay a service charge bill which I can’t afford to repair a lift I never use because it is in a different building. What can I do?

Reader’s E-mail: In my building there is a main block with a lift. I am in a separate building (flats 1-3) joined to the main by a car park. My…

Can I be asked to pay a service charge for installing new boilers in other leaseholders’ flats?

Can I be asked to pay a service charge for installing new boilers in other leaseholders’ flats?

Reader’s E-mail: Retirement flats. 31 flats. Our lease is clear we are only expected to pay towards expenditure on communal areas and we are responsible for our own flat. The…

Is it legal for my landlord to increase my service charge by 60% next year and how can I dispute it?

Is it legal for my landlord to increase my service charge by 60% next year and how can I dispute it?

Reader’s E-mail: The freeholder of my leasehold flat has informed me that from January next year he will be increasing the service charge from £35 per month to £58 per…

Can a leaseholder be charged for the cost of refurbishing a flat which had been used for a resident manager but will be rented out by the landlord in the future for their own profit?

Can a leaseholder be charged for the cost of refurbishing a flat which had been used for a resident manager but will be rented out by the landlord in the future for their own profit?

Reader’s E-mail: Our Resident Manager left in May 2015. All residents agreed that we would have a visiting manger from then on. The managers flat was left in an appalling…

The lift has not worked properly for a long time. Am I entitled to withhold my next year’s service charge?

The lift has not worked properly for a long time. Am I entitled to withhold my next year’s service charge?

Reader’s E-mail: I live in a block of 8 flats the top floor of which is the 4th. Since November 2014 the lift has broken down roughly once a month…

The heating system installed by the developer was defective from the beginning. Can I legally dispute a service charge for fixing it?

The heating system installed by the developer was defective from the beginning. Can I legally dispute a service charge for fixing it?

Reader’s E-mail: I own a leasehold on a flat in a new build development of around 40 residences. Since the development was completed in 2012, there have been continual heating…

Is it a breach of the Equalities Act 2010 for a landlord to insist that a disabled person makes a complaint about a service charge in writing?

Is it a breach of the Equalities Act 2010 for a landlord to insist that a disabled person makes a complaint about a service charge in writing?

Reader’s E-mail: Can a registered disabled person say that under the discrimination act 2000 that they can dispute a service charge via the phone and do not have to put…

I was forced to pay a service charge, and admit that it was correct, in order to remortgage. Does this mean I have admitted liability and can no longer challenge the service charge?

I was forced to pay a service charge, and admit that it was correct, in order to remortgage. Does this mean I have admitted liability and can no longer challenge the service charge?

Reader’s E-mail: (1) I own a residential long lease and would like to challenge the service charge payable to my freeholder, despite having acknowledged (against my will) that the amounts…

Does payment by a mortgage lender of outstanding service charges mean that a leaseholder has admitted the debt and is therefore unable to challenge the service charge at a First tier Tribunal?

Does payment by a mortgage lender of outstanding service charges mean that a leaseholder has admitted the debt and is therefore unable to challenge the service charge at a First tier Tribunal?

Your Message: The management of our building is run by the RTM Company which has delegated day-to-day running to a managing agent. A leaseholder was in arrears. After a long…

Am I required to pay a service charge for costs incurred repairing damage caused by another resident?

Am I required to pay a service charge for costs incurred repairing damage caused by another resident?

Reader’s E-mail: One leaseholder in our block has allowed leaks from her flat to repeatedly damage the communal area. So far we’ve all paid a share for repairs of the…

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