I am also not happy with the increase in our service charges but not sure if collective action would be beneficial for us. This year service charges have gone up by 110% but this was largely due to callouts for blocked drains, leaky overflows, etc from Council tenants’ flats. The Council appears to have incurred a lot of extra costs but not for the benefit of its leaseholders who have been asked to pick up the tab.
So, in buildings that are of mixed use, I am interested in any advice you may have about fair apportionment of costs. Leaseholders appear to be subsidising the Council’s tenants.
It would appear that the council views leaseholders as a cash cow. Personally I think some sort of collective action even if that’s in the form of a protest outside the council offices calling out those in charge for the complete mismanagement of funds and demanding they are held responsible. Service charges should’ve gone down with all the council employees being furloughed staff costs should be heavily reduced!