chapter  5
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Service Charges

However since 1985 residential leaseholders have had the statutory right to be consulted on, (though not veto) proposed service charges. Since 1996 it has been made easier for leaseholders to challenge service charges which they believe to be excessive and unreasonable, without expensive litigation. Statute now prevents a ground landlord from threatening forfeiture for unpaid service charges unless the amount involved has been agreed or adjudicated upon. Leaseholders also have a statutory right to receive authenticated service charge accounts and to inspect receipts, invoices and other service charge items. But the starting point remains the lease itself.