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New guidance: RICS announces new Professional Statement on service charges

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has announced a new edition of Service Charges in Commercial Property, due to take effect from 1 April 2019.

January 2019

This update was published in Legal Alert - January 2019

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The publication comprises a Professional Statement (rather than a Code as before) setting out and explaining core principles for property owners and managers in relation to:

  • recoverability of service charges
  • issue of budgets and audited accounts
  • apportionment of service charges
  • relationship with lease terms
  • holding service charges, and accounting for interest
  • dealing with disputes.

Whereas the previous codes were merely guidance, the new Statement contains mandatory requirements for RICS members and regulated firms.

Parties to existing leases at 1 April 2019 may wish to open negotiations to vary them. New leases should comply with the Statement.

Operative date

  • 1 April 2019


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