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How long will a notice served under section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 be valid for before a new notice needs to be served?

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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 11/01/2017

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  • How long will a notice served under section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 be valid for before a new notice needs to be served?

How long will a notice served under section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 be valid for before a new notice needs to be served?

Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (LTA 1985) (as amended by the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (CLRA 2002)) is designed to protect leaseholders from paying excessive sums for major works to their building. The section sets out a three-stage consultation process that the freeholder/managing agent must follow if they wish to carry out qualifying works to a building where the contribution from any one lessee will exceed £250, or to enter into a qualifying long-term agreement where the contribution from any one lessee will exceed £100 in one financial year. Alternatively, dispensation will be necessary.

LTA 1985 does not set a time limit for the validity of a section 20 notice (LTA 1985, s 20). However, delay could result in an argument from leaseholders that there has been a breach of the requirements of the

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