A Practical Guide to Residential Service Charges

Admin, 22nd September, 2021

Litigation Partner, Rachel Garton has her first book published by Law Brief Publishing Ltd

Disputes over residential service charges are increasing in number each year. Despite residential service charges being heavily regulated by statute, the inherent conflict between the interests of landlords and tenants has led it to be a heavily litigated area with recent cases being of concern for both parties.

Rachel's book aims to provide an introduction to residential service charges with an overview of the matters that need to be considered when dealing with service charge disputes. It also provides insight into what should be included within a service charge clause both to ensure recovery of sums due and avoid disputes. It seeks to serve as a useful initial reference guide for surveyors and solicitors alike and encompasses an overview of the relevant residential statutory controls and case law.

About the author

Rachel Garton is a Partner in the Litigation team here at Gosschalks and specialises in property dispute resolution.

Her work comprises of all areas of property litigation and landlord and tenant matters, including: residential long leasehold, tenants right of first refusal, lease renewal litigation, commercial and residential possession proceedings, arbitrations under the Pubs Code Etc. Regulations 2016 and debt recovery.

She has a niche specialism in service charge disputes and has dealt with numerous service charge disputes from commercial and residential clients over the last 12 years as well as delivering a number of seminars on this topic for both the RICS and MBL Seminars.

Book contents

Part One - General Principles Applicable to Service Charges

Chapter 1 - The Construction of the Service Charge Clause
Chapter 2 - Complying With the Mechanics of a Service Charge Clause
Chapter 3 - General Factors to Consider in Determining Whether the Service Charges Claimed Are Payable Under the Lease

Part Two - Statutory Regulations for Residential Service Charges

Chapter 4 - Section 20 Consultations: Purpose and Application
Chapter 5 - Section 20 Consultations: The Procedure
Chapter 6 - Section 20 Consultations: Dispensation and Non-Compliance
Chapter 7 - Reasonableness
Chapter 8 - Service Charge Demands
Chapter 9 - The Right to Request Information Relating to Service Charges
Chapter 10 - Other Statutory Restrictions in Respect of Residential Service Charges

Part Three - Disputes and Remedies

Chapter 11 - Alternative Dispute Resolution
Chapter 12 - Applying to Vary the Lease
Chapter 13 - Applications for Determination as to Whether Service Charges Are Payable
Chapter 14 - Tenants Remedies for Non-Performance of the Landlord's Obligations
Chapter 15 - Landlord's Remedies for Non-Payment of Service Charges
Chapter 16 - Legal Costs
Chapter 17 - Possible Forthcoming Changes to the Legislation

Rachel's book is the culmination of many years experience and hard work and is a fantastic guide for anyone with an interest in Residential Service Charges. Rachel has established herself as a leading expert in this field.

Everyone at Gosschalks is delighted for Rachel to see the fruits of her labour published and now available to purchase. She kept quiet whilst writing her book. The first any of her colleagues knew was when she quietly announced it to a number of people once she finally received confirmation it was fully published.

To write such a detailed and well crafted book on such a specialist topic is no mean feat, especially whilst juggling her extremely busy job with being a mum. Huge congratulations to Rachel on behalf of all her colleagues at Gosschalks!

Matthew Fletcher, Head of Litigation and Construction

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