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My landlord is the local council or a housing association. They are planning to carry out a lot of work on my estate leading to high service charge bills. Is there any limit on how much I can be asked to pay?

The Social Landlords Mandatory Reduction of Service Charges (England) Directions 2014 for social landlords (councils or housing associations) came into force in England on 12 August 2014.

The Directions limit the amount of service charges recoverable from leaseholders of social landlords, who occupy their flat or house as their only or principal home.

Within any 5-year period, the maximum a landlord can recover is limited to £15,000 within London and £10,000 outside London.

It applies to the cost of repair, maintenance or improvement undertaken with assistance from a programme such as Decent Homes Backlog Funding, where the application for assistance was made on or after 12 August 2014.

The Directions do not apply to properties in Wales.


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