Legislation often known as the ’18 month rule’ requires the landlord or manager to issue a demand for service charge items within 18 months of them incurring the cost. If the demand for payment is received later than this, the landlord or manager cannot recover the costs relating to this item, unless notice was served during the 18-month period stating that the costs have been incurred and that the leaseholder would be required to contribute to them at a later date. It has now been established that the 18-month period should begin from the date the landlord or manager receives the final invoice for the works or services they arranged.
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