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Can a landlord charge for dealing with a lessee’s request for a summary of relevant service charge costs under section 21 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 or should it be provided free of charge?

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Published on LexisPSL on 03/10/2019

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  • Can a landlord charge for dealing with a lessee’s request for a summary of relevant service charge costs under section 21 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 or should it be provided free of charge?

Can a landlord charge for dealing with a lessee’s request for a summary of relevant service charge costs under section 21 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 or should it be provided free of charge?

Section 21 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (LTA 1985), allows a residential tenant to require its landlord to supply them with a summary of costs incurred relating to the service charges for the last accounting year or, if accounts are not kept by accounting years, the past 12 months. The landlord must comply with such a request within one month (or within six months of the end of the 12-month accounting period, whichever is later). If the service charge must be paid by the leaseholders of more than four homes, the summary must be certified by a qualified accountant as a fair summary and the landlord must give the accountant adequate accounts, receipts and other documents to support this. Failure to comply with the requirements of section 21 is an offence.

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