I have been trying to do what you are suggesting and I know that several people would be willing to contribute financially to combat what I think are some very iffy moves by S B C. There must be some legal representation somewhere that would be willing to help, I have threatened to send in Auditors, as is our right.
Thanks for the above suggestions. Looking on the Law Society pages (a link from the earlier thread) I realise we are looking for a lawyer with specialist knowledge of residential landlord and tenant issues (not conveyancing.) If you can recommend a lawyer with this specialism I'd be super grateful.
There's also the Southwark Leaseholders Association, but I'm not sure if they have a website.
Lease-advice.org have a big database of LVT decisions - some of these include details of solicitors attending etc which might be good. You might also be able to find cases which are similar to your own.
My experience of SBC was that they were pretty badly organised prior to about 2004, and then their Leasehold Management Unit got a lot more professional. I was able to get them to waive Section 20 major works charges for work done from 1998-2003 as they had not followed the correct consultation procedure, but work since then has been done correctly.
All that said, if you want to challenge the regualr annual service charge, rather than a mjor works charge, I get the impression you have a much tougher fight on your hands.
ARLA should also be able to help with that and your managing agent is obliged to make their accounts available to you, you should be able to make an appointment and go and check their expenditure in person
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Are a good firm of lawyers they should be able to help
what exactly have they been doing anyway