Correct service charge procedures
Residential leases usually contain detailed procedures that must be followed before valid demands for service charges can be raised. Some landlords sidestep such requirements for reasons of convenience, but an Upper Tribunal (UT) decision has underlined the hazards inherent in such a course.
The case of Jetha & Anr v Basildon Court Residents Company Limited (2017) concerned a prestigious block of 56 flats, the common parts of which were owned by a services company.
The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) found that the lease did not provide for the collection of interim service charges on account. Those charges and contributions to a sinking fund maintained by the company had not been agreed at an annual general meeting (AGM), as required by the lease.
In upholding the tenants’ challenge to the latter ruling, the UT noted that the requirement that service charges be approved by a majority at an AGM was an important safeguard. It was neither unfair nor unjust for the tenants to rely upon the letter of the lease and, in the circumstances, the disputed bills were not payable.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
This article explains the Buildings Regulations completion certificate, what it is, and when its needed.
Graphene has many potential applications, but when will it start being used in civil engineering?
Increasing productivity – now more than ever as we lead up to Brexit – should be the sector’s number one priority in 2018.
Carillion's collapse causes Construction Leadership Council to delay the construction sector deal report.
Urban Heritage, Development and Sustainability: international frameworks, national and local guidance.
What will the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) mean for you when they come into force in May?
Business Secretary chairs a new taskforce to monitor and advise on mitigating the impacts of Carillion’s liquidation.
Sir John Armitt is appointed the new chair of the National Infrastructure Commission.
High quality and high density homes - is it what we need or is it storing up trouble?
Government announces its intention to strengthen planning rules to protect music venues and neighbours.
National Audit Office reports that there is little evidence that PFI offers better value than other forms of contracting.
What is liquidation and how does it apply to contractors in the construction industry?