Join the Residential Landlords Association

Member Forums - Report Post

If you wish for the RLA to contact you regarding this report please remember to provide contact details.

Please Note: - This facility is for reporting of abuse or other breaches of the forum rules. Please do not use this facility to reply to the post as your response will not appear here - to reply please use the quote option.
  1. Please do not post RLA enquiries in these forums. Any enquiries should be sent to info@rla.org.uk.
  2. Please note that the initial message in any forum conversation on this website is viewable by the public.
  3. For security reasons, please do not include your membership number within the title or body of your forum post.
  4. You must not include any personal details relating to your tenants, such as their names and addresses, in your postings.
  5. You must not use the forums to advertise your service or business. Please use the RLA's suppliers guide for all advertising purposes.
  6. Any content deemed as advertising, inappropriate or does not meet the RLA's code of conduct will be removed from the forums.
  7. The RLA cannot be held responsible for any posts made in these forums by non-RLA staff
Report a post:
Water Damage said: Posted on: 21/03/2019 11:53

Dear RLA,
I have recently received my service charge for one of my flats. They have provided a total per line item, the number of units in the building and my “share”. My “share” has been calculated at 142% of the average.
I’m told that the calculation is done by square foot area.
Is there anything I can do to challenge this as most of the bills have no correlation to the size of my kitchen? Surely this is an unfair term of the lease hold contract?
The largest line items are management fees, staff salaries, reserves and sinking fund contributions, for which square foot has no baring on the costs. I could possibly understand why insurance might be allocated slightly differently, but also not directly by square foot.
Please help as the costs have recently been increased and I can no longer afford to pay 42% more than my fair share. I could tolerate it when the service charge was small but now it is thousands every half year.
Thanks,
Jason

Landlord & Investment Show London Olympia 2019
Ideal Flatmate
99 Homes
John Pye Auctions