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Yes, you would have the right to withhold until you do get a proper account and a proper explanation of what sums are due. You should put all potential service charge payments to one side (in your own account) so that you can pay it when due later.
You should consider issuing proceedings in the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal against the management company/landlord with a view to formally declaring what the true rent position is/what your liability is.
The LVT can then also direct what the landlord/managing agents should be doing to rectify this issue.
If I go to the LVT, would I be liable for th e Managing Agents legal costs?
Not usually - no. The LVT can only order a maximum of £500 costs in any given case and that power is usually only used for very serious abuses of the tribunal system - not in cases like this which have a good reason - from an auditor saying the accounts are not right - for bringing the claim.
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