2018 Guide to Residential Service Charges and Administration Charges

3 CPD Hours

Competency/Learning Objective - Legal knowledge and skills

Disputes relating to service charges and administration charges under residential leases of properties in mixed use buildings or blocks of flats are increasing as tenants become more aware of their rights and, in particular, the protection afforded to them by statute.

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 set out most of the basic principles in relation to the recovery of these charges. In particular, a landlord can only recover amounts that are ‘reasonable’ and a tenant has the right to challenge the level of charge through the court or the appropriate tribunal.

This course provides a comprehensive review of a wide variety of service charge and administration charge issues, along with links to the relevant legislation and case law.

Once you have completed this course, you will be:

  • able to advise authoritatively on the inter-relationship between a landlord’s contractual rights and the statutory protection which is afforded to a tenant

  • able to advise authoritatively as to the issues that frequently confront landlords and tenants in relation to the operation of service charge clauses and the landlord’s right to charge for administration

  • fully up to date with the latest developments in relation to residential service charges and administration charges

Course dated January 2018

About the Author:

Richard Quenby is a non-practising barrister and Lead Supervisory Lawyer at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. He is the current author of Ross: Commercial Leases (published by LexisNexis) and is co-author of "Flat Schemes in Residential and Mixed Use Developments" (published by Bloomsbury Publishing). Richard is also a member of the Consultant Editorial Board of LexisPSL and his published articles have appeared in Estates Gazette, Property Week, Legal Week and The Lawyer. He is also the author of a number of other courses for Legal Training. Richard can be found on LinkedIn  here.

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