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Service Charges

“Final and binding” service charge … may not be

By Bernie Wales / 27th June 2014 / 0 Comments

The case of Windermere Marina Village Ltd v Wild and others [2014] UKUT 163 [LC] was recently decided in the Upper Tribunal. It looked at a common phrase seen in residential leases, namely that “ the determination by the Landlord’s surveyor shall be final and binding”. The decision said that that wording was void under…

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Summary of Rights and Obligations CHANGED from 1st July 2013

By Bernie Wales / 11th July 2013 / 0 Comments

As a result of the changes to the Residential Property Tribunal Service from 1st July 2013, the Summary of Rights and Obligations which must accompany all demands for payment needs a revised wording.  For England this is written in full below, or you can view by clicking this link Bernie Wales Summary of Rights And…

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Can We Complain About the High Cost of Buildings Insurance?

By Bernie Wales / 24th May 2013 / 0 Comments

I recently had a request for advice, from a group of leaseholders who were unhappy about the buildings insurance premium their freeholder was asking them to pay. For the purposes of  this article, let us assume there is no doubt the freeholder is required to insure the building, and associated risks, and the leaseholders are required…

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£50,000 Wasted Through NOT Consulting – Daejan vs Benson

By Bernie Wales / 7th March 2013 / 0 Comments

I read an interesting article in News On The Block today – see here. Whilst this is an obvious disappointment for the leaseholders, who have to pay £46,000 each for major works … the Daejan vs Benson case goes to show that not complying with Section 20 consultation procedures can cost a landlord dearly. Daejan can…

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Residential Block Management Insurance

By Bernie Wales / 24th August 2012 / 0 Comments

A new Which? Money investigation recently showed that many leaseholders face overcharging on their Residential Block Management Insurance premiums by their managing agents. In particular, leaseholders proved to be unhappy that they were overpaying for their building insurance as part of their service charges. In my experience, leaseholders often complain about insurance. They have two…

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Property Service Charges

By Bernie Wales / 1st July 2012 / 0 Comments

I recently read an article on ‘The Great Service Charge Rip Off: http://www.property118.com/index.php/revealed-the-great-leasehold-service-charge-rip-off/29093/ While the author has made some good points, for the most part I don’t agree with what has been said. For example “It’s likely that if you own a leasehold buy to let property that you have been a victim of the great…

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Leasehold Advice on Service Charges

By Bernie Wales / 27th April 2012 / 0 Comments

Leasehold Advice – If you are a leaseholder or leasehold manager, you should have been given a document setting out your service charges, and it may also list the share of the total charge required by the block and dates that payments need to be made. Advanced services charges must be reasonable and your freeholder…

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