wingrovebuyer : Hello. If you're worried that you won't quality for the right to manage, you can challenge the service charge via the Leasehold Valuations Tribunal. I attach a link to some official evidence about this below. Basically, you could come together as a collective group and complain to the LVT that the charges are unreasonable. The freeholder / management company will get an opportunity to try to justify the charges and the LVT will decide what is reasonable. Before you do this, I think you should advise the management company that you will go to the LVT unless they provide full justification for the charges. Don't forget, just because the charges are high, it doesn't necessarily mean there is some mistake or fraud.
wingrovebuyer : https://www.gov.uk/housing-tribunals/leasehold-valuation-tribunal-changes-to-your-lease
JACUSTOMER-yt1hc7lt- : Thanks, can I hold the service charge payment, until this is resolved. They have now sent me a letter from a solicitor threatening me to take me court. Should I pay up?
wingrovebuyer : Sorry, but I think you should pay it, because until the LVT confirms otherwise, they are entitled to charge this sum. When you pay, I suggest you write that you are paying under protest and without prejudice to your right to query the service charge and complain to the LVT.
wingrovebuyer : Hello. Do you require further assistance? If not, please leave a rating or JA won't pay me for helping you. Best wishes, WB