Service charges are the annual amounts paid by leaseholders to landlords to cover the costs incurred by the landlord maintaining the building and grounds.
Service charges typically cover things like:
- maintenance of common parts of the building
- lift maintenance
- communal central heating, lighting etc.
- cleaning of the common parts
- maintenance of the garden and grounds
- fees for the management of the building or any managing agents
- contributions to a slush fund or reserve fund for future works are
Details of the service charges will be set out in the lease.
Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher
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