It is increasingly common for the owners of freehold houses on new estates to be required to pay a service charge for the upkeep of communal areas on the estate. The practice has been referred to as ‘fleecehold’.
This page explains the legal basis of these charges, including how they might be challenged. It explains reforms that the UK Government has committed to introduce “when Parliamentary time allows”. Finally, it provides a brief summary of the situation in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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- Commons Library briefing paper: Freehold houses: estate charges