Trusted advice on the procedure, documentation and requirements of Section 20
The principal legislation relating to major works is Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. Section 20 is fleshed out by the Service Charges (Consultation Requirements) (England) Regulations 2003. Section 20 requires the landlord/management company to consult with lesses where it carries out works and the service charge contribution of any long residential lessee to the cost of those works is more than £250.00. In certain circumstances, it may be necessary to apply for a dispensation from the requirement to carry out a consultation.
With our unparalleled knowledge of leasehold law, we have extensive experience in advising landlords and managing agents on the issues relating to Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. From the standard form of notices through to dispensation, we can provide assistance before, during or after the event.
We provide advice and representation for Landlords and Managing Agents on:
whether Section 20 applies.
the consultation process and the necessary notices
applications for dispensation of the requirements of Section 20
the recovery of service charges which comprise Section 20 monies
With the recent issues relating to fire safety and cladding, significant programmes of major works are front and centre in many property manager's minds. To provide reassurance that we can help, here are a few of the cases dealt with recently:
Successfully obtained (on behalf of a landlord client) dispensation from the requirements of Section 20 in respect of emergency cladding repairs to a large block in the North West. The cost of the repairs was considerable and the case was both factually and legally complicated. Case Name: Pemberstone Reversions (5) Limited v Various Lessees at Cartier House (MAN/00DA/LDC/2017/0008).
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