Estimated Service Charges

Welcome to the latest news update from Camden Leaseholders’ Forum

Hi All,

We (the Leaseholders’ Forum) have been asked a number of times what the Leaseholders’ Forum position is in regarding to paying the recently issued estimated service charges for 2013-14.  These include a greatly increased management charge for Type B leaseholders (in comparison to previous years).  We are still in the process of seeking further information from Camden Council regarding this matter, but in the meantime we do have some “holding” advice.

Camden Council has (historically) accepted that leaseholders can without the payment of service charges, if there is a real dispute, while the issue is resolved.  This is in their interest anyway as, if they tried to enforce the debt through the County Court, the judge is likely (but not required) to send the issue to the LVT to decide whether the charge is reasonable.  This means long delays and administration costs (which ultimately can fall back on leaseholders!).

In this instance Camden Council argues that this is their case with the LVT.  They also argue that this is an estimate and Camden Council are entitled to request payment up front for estimates, with the correct calculation being produced some time later.

Some leases allow for interest to be charged for late settlements.

Although you must decide for yourself, one option is to start making the monthly payment towards the current estimate and then you can update your payment amounts later, should further suitable information become available.

That’s it for now!

Paul Ginsberg
on behalf of Camden Leaseholders’ Forum
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