Commercial property service charge disputes—Scotland
Produced in partnership with Gavin Deeprose of DLA Piper

The following Property Disputes practice note produced in partnership with Gavin Deeprose of DLA Piper provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Commercial property service charge disputes—Scotland
  • What is a service charge?
  • Service charge disputes
  • The lease
  • The RICS Service Charge Statement
  • Common issues
  • Services
  • Value for money
  • Remedies
  • Contractual remedies
  • More...

Commercial property service charge disputes—Scotland

Coronavirus (COVID-19): During the current pandemic, legislation, guidance and changes to practice and procedure have been introduced, which affect the following:

  1. proceedings against commercial tenants from termination on the grounds of non-payment of rent, see: Commercial leases and CIGA 2020

  2. insolvency legislation of both a permanent and temporary nature including the presentation of winding up petitions, service of statutory demands and making of winding up orders, safeguarding commercial tenants against aggressive rent collection tactics, see: CIGA 2020

  3. service of various notices in relation to private residential tenancies, and assured and short assured tenancies, see: Residential tenancies

  4. enforcing standard security and repossession proceedings against borrowers, see: Enforcing standard security

  5. practice and procedure in the First Tier Tribunal for Scotland (housing and property chamber) procedure, see: First Tier Tribunal for Scotland (housing and property chamber) procedure

  6. suspension of the Registers of Scotland application record and the launch of the Digital Submission Service, see: Registers of Scotland

For further information and guidance, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—property in Scotland and for an archive of news on Scotland and Scots law developments, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Scotland tracker—Property and Property disputes.

What is a service charge?

Service charge is a payment that a tenant may be required to make to a landlord under a commercial lease to reimburse the landlord for services they undertake in respect of the

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