Landlords cannot recover non pure rent such as service charge and insurance arrears using the terms of the lease as pre 2014*.
Typical service charges vary from property to property, but may include:
- Repairs extending to major structural repairs
- General maintenance services such as cleaning, refuse collection, lighting, heating, air-conditioning, and security
A service charge may also cover:
- Staffing costs – including property management fees
- Insurance costs
Often the landlord wishes to recover commercial rent and service charge arrears at the same time. We are able to offer a one stop solution whereby collection of all non-pure rent arrears due under the lease by way of our pre-legal recovery process. This is a free service to our landlords and their representatives. This end-to-end process will encompass the initial contact with the tenants right through to enforcement as permissible to the type of debt.
* Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) – replaced the Common Law remedy of distress or distraint on 6th April 2014.