Are you a leaseholder and paying service charges? Have you heard of Section 20? Do you know that there is a procedure which landlord must adhere to where the costs of works exceeds £250.00 per flat? May I refer you to Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 as amended by the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act (CLRA) 2002
The idea was to try and protect residential leaseholders to avoid them facing large contributions for works without notice. The law requires that leaseholders are consulted on any works that would eventually cost them more than £250 BEFORE the works were commenced.
Section 20 procedure covers not only any major works that cost over £250 per leaseholder but also any long term contracts.
The law provides that if the Landlord does not carry out the required consultation under the Section 20 process the leaseholders will only have to contribute £250.00 towards the works carried out. Linda Ball Senior Associate Adcocks Solicitors Limited LB@adcocks.com