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My landlord has failed to provide a summary of the service charge account or allow access to inspect supporting documents in accordance with Sections 21 and 22 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. What can I do now?

Where a landlord fails without reasonable excuse to comply with either a request for a summary or to inspect supporting documents they commit a summary offence on conviction and are liable for a fine of up to 2,500 (level 4 on the standard scale). The local housing authority, usually through the Tenancy Relations Officer, has the power to bring proceedings at the magistrates’ court, or they can be brought by the leaseholder privately. Any prosecution must be presented to a magistrate within 6 months of the commission of the offence.

Please note that local housing authorities are exempt from prosecution.


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