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A tenant applied for a lease extension under Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 but ultimately withdrew its application. The landlord has not advised the tenant of its costs. Is there a time limit which applies should the tenant wish to apply to the tribunal for a determination of the landlord’s reasonable costs?

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Published on LexisPSL on 12/03/2018

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  • A tenant applied for a lease extension under Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 but ultimately withdrew its application. The landlord has not advised the tenant of its costs. Is there a time limit which applies should the tenant wish to apply to the tribunal for a determination of the landlord’s reasonable costs?

The starting point is that where a notice of claim is served, the tenant by whom it is given is liable for the reasonable costs incurred by the landlord in dealing with certain matters (section 60(1) of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (LRHUDA 1993)). They are:

‘(1) any investigation reasonably undertaken of the tenant’s right to make the claim,

(2) any valuation of the flat undertaken for the purposes of fixing the premium or other amount payable by the tenant and

(3) the grant of the lease (LRHUDA 1993, s 60(1))’

Although these costs may exte

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