Landlord Disputes

Michael Lee asks why more leaseholders are taking their service charge problems to the FTT?

In the last three years, the number of service charge disputes determined by the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) in England has increased by 165%. Not surprisingly, by far the busiest region is London at just over 50% (in 2010) of cases, with its share increasing from 38% in 2008. However, it is interesting to note that during this period the biggest regional growth has been seen in the Northern and Eastern regions of England.

From a sample taken of 50 cases from the busiest two regions, the top three reasons for disputes in London are: unreasonable charges (19%); insurance premiums (15%) and major works (14%) while in the Southern region they are: withheld service charges (41%), major works (27%) and unreasonable charges (14%). Disputes over managing agents’, administration and consultants’ fees are generally low across the country. Read more

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Landlord disputes on the increase

Michael Lee asks why more leaseholders are taking their service charge problems to the FTT? In the last three years, the number of... more »