There are some limits to how much the council can charge for services.
When we sell a lease under the Right-to-Buy rules, it provides the new leaseholder with a notice called a Section 125 Notice. This notice gives the council's estimate of what it expects to spend on major repairs, improvements and decorations over the next five years and what the new leaseholder can expect to be charged. The notice is intended to help new leaseholders budget for the costs of becoming a leaseholder.
During this five-year period, the council cannot charge the leaseholder more than the amounts it has estimated in the notice plus an allowance for inflation. The five-year period runs to the end of the fifth financial year since the lease was sold - that is up to the end of the March following the fifth anniversary of the date the lease was granted.
The estimates given by the council for the costs of work will vary over time. Because of this, a leaseholder who buys a flat in the same block at different time may have a different limit quoted in their notice.
The maximum limits given in a Section 125 Notice will apply to the next leaseholder if the property is resold within the five-year period. Once the five-year period has ended, a new leaseholder is liable to contribute to the cost of works in the same way as other leaseholders.
If works that the council expects to carry out are delayed until after the five-year period has ended, the limits in the notice no longer apply.
There are no general limits to the costs that can be charged to other leaseholders. They are liable in full for their share of the costs of any works that are carried out.
If you have difficulty paying your service charge contact the service charge team.
Leasehold services team
Housing, Assessment and Solutions
Floor 3, Zone B
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk