Leaseholders win in dispute over Dalston service charge

The Court of Appeal in London has ruled against the freeholder of a new-build in Dalston, E8, who sought to add the cost of repair to residents service charges, despite having an insurance policy to cover the costs. The freeholder had sought to charge the leaseholders and then repay them when the policy paid out, but in a ruling this week a three-judge panel at the Court of Appeal ruled that the freeholder had to “give credit for anticipated payment,” when assessing the service charges. The building at the centre of the dispute, the Interchange, is a large mixed-use development
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