Service charge audit and certification

Certain leases impose obligations on landlords and freeholders to provide an annual service charge statements or accounts to leaseholders; such leases usually require the service charge statements or accounts to be audited or certified by a qualified accountant. Whatever the requirements of the lease may be it is important that the reporting accountants chosen are experienced and specialised in service charge matters.

At Harmer Slater, we have a dedicated team of experienced service charge professionals and have in fact established a sister company, Service Charge Assurance Limited (SCA), to deal with this service exclusively. SCA is a company registered in England and Wales under company number 06524985. Its registered office address is Salatin House, 19 Cedar Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5DA. SCA’s professional indemnity insurer is QBE UK Limited, Plantation Place, 30 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BD.

The team have a robust infrastructure to interpret lease obligations and advise on the most appropriate application of TECH03/11, the best practice guidance for service charge accounts issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

In addition, the team have extensive experience in dealing with Reporting under section 21, Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.

Get in touch for more information on our service charge audits and certifications.