The Council can only bill you for services prior to granting of the lease if it is within the Reference Period, which is a period of 5 years from the date the lease was granted or a date where it is reasonable for you to have entered into the lease.
More information you might find useful:
- Service Charges and other issues
- More Frequently Asked Questions on Service Charges
- More Frequently Asked Questions on Right to Buy
- Resolutions for service charge disputes
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