Why are my charges different to my neighbours’ charges?

Sometimes charges are shared equally between all owners, and at other times it’s dependent on the size of the property, but this is always set out within the terms of the lease. For example, your neighbour may own a parking space which requires maintenance and you don’t have access to parking.

The important thing to remember is that the lease determines how the costs are divided and this does not always take into account who, in any particular site/block, receives which service. It is therefore important to understand this before buying a property with service charges attached rather than assuming that certain costs will not apply.

The total service charge you pay will depend on the type of property and tenancy that you have. We have different property and tenancy types within the same areas, and this will result in differences in service charges where the properties and tenancy types are not identical.