Sunday 5 April 2009 10.39am
Without wanting to repeat myself, there's more on the other service charges thread
- if you're getting heating and hot water and lifts then £2100 sounds about right, sadly.
If you want to challenge the costs then first you should go to Southwark's Home Ownership Unit (in Larcom Street), ask for a breakdown of your charges. (they should be able to show receipts for each and every repair you're asked to contribute to) If you were charged for something you didn't get ask them to take the charge off - I've known people this has worked for.
If you don't get satisfaction from HOU you can go to an independent Leaseholder Valuation Tribunal, who will look at the facts of your case and make a binding judgement.
There is a representative body for leaseholders - the Leaseholder Council http://www.southwark.gov.uk/YourServices/HousingandHomes/leaseholderinformation/LeaseholderCouncil.html
hope this is useful