Hi there service charge person - anon 11/04/2012 4:06pm. Thanks v much for providing the clarity, its really useful info.
So without running the risk of hijacking this thread.. As I understand it homeowners could be expected to pay a different type of 'variable' service charge than tenants.
I've looked at my TA and I believe its a fixed service charge - the wording says "the charge does not vary from year to year according to the costs of the service you receive". (Does that also mean the cost won't vary due to inflation?)
I actually don't mind paying a charge because I do see the benefit of it. It covers upkeep of open spaces eg gardening; a caretaker; non contract fees.
So I guess my question would still be if they cannot evidence the variable service charge for homeowners; where is the proof that tenants are getting any benefit from the fixed charges? I happen to know that some homeowners have not been charged anything for several years - surely that's plenty of time to get the evidence needed. Thanks..