My Landlord says that he has satisfied the requirements of Section 20B because it does not apply to building insurance premiums, and because he sent invalid demands for payment at an earlier date. Is my Landlord right?

Reader’s E-mail: A two part question: 1 – My Landlord who has been absent for 4 years recently issued me a notice for 4 years worth of service charges. I have disputed some of the charges as most of them fall well outside the 18 month window of Section 20B. However the landlord insists that as Buildings Insurance is… Read More »

Is a housing association holding a head lease over a property restricted by section 20B in respect of the service charges it can charge to its under lessees if it receives the relevant invoices the superior landlord more than 18 months after the costs were incurred?

Reader’s E-mail: Managing agent does not send the audited service charge accounts until 9-12 months after the year end. If there is a deficit are liable for any overspend if no section 20b was served. Are we allowed to pass over the deficit to our tenants. OM property v Burr (2013) Court of appeal decision.… Read More »

I am a landlord. Can I successfully take formal legal action against a leaseholder who has let out their flat, provided no correspondence address, and then not paid their service charges for a long period of time?

Reader’s E-mail: I am Freeholder of 12 flats. One of our leaseholder Mr.H disappeared without notifying us of his forwarding address in 1995 or who was his managing agent in his absence. It was after 20 we manage to locate the agent but they refuse to give leaseholder’s address. We did not give them the… Read More »

Should my housing association have been consulted before the developer entered into a 5 year agreement with an agent to manage the development?

Reader’s E-mail: The development is a purpose built block of flats. A housing association bought off plan long before the development was completed. The association was a tenant of the block at that time. The landlord entered into a long term contract with the managing agent before any other flat were sold but AFTER the… Read More »

The service charge demand I have received for major works is 70% more than the amount quoted on the section 20 notice. Is this a breach of the section 20 consultation requirements?

Reader’s E-mail: My landlord followed correct procedures under section 20 regarding informing us of major works, a consultation period, quotes for the work etc. The problem occurred when we received the final bill which was massively over budget. At no time were we informed of the rising costs. Is there anything in section 20 which… Read More »

Is a contract with a managing agent lasting 364 days with a 3 month termination period thereafter a qualifying long term agreement for the purposes of Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985?

Reader’s E-mail: Our management agent contract states 364 initial period and then after that three months notice. The question is does this equate to a long term agreement ? If so section 20 process must be applied Reply from Service Charge Dispute Guide 1. The statutory definition of a qualifying long term agreement is given… Read More »