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Service Charge Recovery

RICS publishes new professional statement on service charges in commercial property.

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Does new RICS’ statement serve up a fairer deal? The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has published a new professional statement on service charges in commercial property. Effective from April 1st 2019, Service Charges in Commercial Property (1st Edition), sets a marker for the standards of management required in the industry and provides nine…

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More powers for Recognised Tenants’ Associations

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More powers for Recognised Tenants’ Associations The government has introduced new legislation that is set to provide more powers for recognised tenants’ associations. In the ‘post-Grenfell’ era, the government and long residential leaseholders are keen for recognised tenants’ associations to exert their statutory rights in respect of service charges. Effective from November 1st 2018, the…

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Debt recovery expert to advise national residents’ body

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Debt recovery expert to advise national residents’ body A specialist with more than 30 years’ experience in legal debt recovery and enforcement has been appointed as honorary consultant of a national private residents’ body. Neil Jinks, director of Birmingham-based Realty Law, will offer expert advice to leaseholders as part of a new voluntary position with…

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Pay or the court will take it away!

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Pay or the court will take it away! Few in the industry will have missed the recent news coverage concerning the forfeiture of a £600,000 London flat over £216.62 in outstanding service charge and unauthorised works. Mr McCadden purchased a leasehold flat in 2016.  His relationship with the freeholder (who occupied the flat below) soon…

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Why estimating service charges is a matter of experience

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Why estimating service charges is a matter of experience The recent Upper Tribunal (UT) decision in the Wingmore Homes (UK) Ltd v Spembly Works Residents Association Ltd (2018) is a reminder that estimating service charges is a dynamic process. It is one that requires a landlord to apply its improving knowledge of actual costs from year…

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Student Lettings and Service Charges

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Costs and Unreasonable Behaviour in the Property Tribunal

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