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Service Charge Headaches for Conveyancers

Data Law Limited


£60 inc VAT
Or £20.00/mo. for 3 months...
Study method
Online, self-paced
1 hour
No formal qualification
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Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:

    • Have a thorough understanding of the following topics:
      • General Considerations; Recover expenses, expenses incurred or to be incurred
      • Mandatory versus discretion
      • Sinking Funds & Reserve Funds; General principles, examples from case law
      • Catch-all provisions: specific list or wide discretion?
      • Service charge apportionment between tenants
      • Interim versus final service charge
      • Repairs versus improvements
      • Extent of common parts/exterior
      • Structure/main structure
      • Demand for payment
      • Construction of service charge provisions
    • Feel confident when advising the client on the topics detailed above
    • Be able to identify potential pitfalls and know how to avoid them

What is the target audience?

  • Conveyancing practitioners


Service charges in blocks of flats and apartments are the most common form of dispute between residential landlords and tenants.

Conveyancers acting on behalf of purchasers are expected to make the usual pre-contract enquiries. However, there will be a number of issues that will inevitably fall outside the scope of a typical conveyancing transaction.

During this course experienced lecturer Stephen Desmond will consider the issues arising from the lease or the replies to enquiries with a view to examining ways of better advising the client. This course will also serve to highlight those issues that are not part of your normal retainer.

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