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Posted in: HA introducing service charge.
Housing Assoications cannot introduce service charegs unless there is clear authority to do so in the tenancy agreement. You need to look at your agreement and seek urgent legal advice from a law centre or housing law solicitor.
Posted in: Service charges
You need to check the wording of the lease/ tenancy. If there is no clear authority in the lease/tenancy agreement, then freeholder/landlord has no lawful authority to levt such charges. This is an argument at the leasehold valuation tribunal.
Posted in: SERVICE CHARGES ISSUES
You do not say whether you are a tenant with variable service charge or a leaseholder. If you are either one or the other your servcie charges will be limited by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. Service e charges have to be reasonable and there has to be clear authority in your tenancy agreement or lease for the landlord for such service charges. You should look at the leasehold advisory service website for more information about the 1985 Act.
If you are a weekly tenant and your service charges are fixed each year, you will not be covered by the 1985 Act. You may have a legal remdy for breach of contract and should seek legal advice from a aw centre.
Your tenancy agrement should state whether or not the service charges are variable or not. A variable service charges would be where the charges are described as estimated and where the tenant is credited with any surplus where the estimated cost does not exceed the estimated amount. For example the estimated amount for grounds maintainence might be £100 for one financial year. The landlord finds that the costs only came to £50 and then credits the tenant with the underspend.