Residential Service Charges Update

Residential Service Charges Update

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Course Overview

Developed with busy property practitioners in mind, this bite-size session will provide landlord and tenant lawyers with a round-up of key developments in relation to residential service charges.

During this session experienced lecturer Richard Quenby will discuss the reasonableness of service charges which has become something of a minefield over recent years. In accordance with LTA 1985, s 18(2) and 18(3), landlords are entitled to recover relevant costs by way of a service charge, only to the extent that they are reasonably incurred, and (where they are incurred on the provision of services or the carrying out of works), only if the services or works are of a reasonable standard.

As you will be aware, the question of whether costs have been reasonably incurred involves two issues which Richard will examine in turn using recent case law examples:

1) Were the landlord's actions reasonable - Dehavilland Studios Ltd v Peries & Anor [2017] UKUT 322

2) Were the amounts charged to the landlord reasonable - COS Services Ltd v Nicholson [2017] UKUT 382 (LC)

In addition, Richard will also consider the following topics and corresponding case law:

·         Student unit not a ‘dwelling’

o    JLK Ltd v Emmanuel Chiedu Ezekwe and others [2017] UKUT 277 (LC)

·         Service charge demands

o    London Borough of Southwark v Akhtar [2017]

o    Westmark (Lettings) Ltd v Peddle & Ors [2017] UKUT 449 (LC).

·         Recovery of legal costs

o    Bretby Hall Management Company Limited v Pratt [2017] UKUT 0070 (LC)

o    Primeview Developments Ltd v Ahmed & Ors [2017] UKUT 57 (LC).

·         When must a landlord re-tender following a change in relevant works?

o    Reedbase Ltd & Anor v Fattal & Ors [2018] EWCA Civ 840

·         Contracting-out

o    Sheffield City Council v Oliver [2017] EWCA Civ 225

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the supporting documentation
  • This course provides 0.5 - 1 CPD point (depending on length of time spent reviewing the supporting documentation).

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will be up to speed with recent developments and case law in respect of residential service charges.

What is the target audience?

  • Landlord and tenant practitioners of all levels


About Instructor - Richard Quenby

Richard was called to the Bar in 1985. For the next thirteen years he practised at the Chancery Bar in Manchester, where he specialised in landlord and tenant, commercial property and insolvency work.

Richard now works as a freelance writer, tutor and lecturer. His published articles have appeared in Estates Gazette, Property Week, Legal Week and The Lawyer. He is also the co-author of Flat Schemes in Residential and Mixed Use Developments, published by Bloomsbury Publishing.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Notes
    12 Page
  • Slides
    7 Page
  • Discussion Points
    1 Page


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