Housing association service charge for maintaing electrial kitchen and laundry equipment

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    Kully Bains
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    I need some help, with the following service charge and if its eligible :there are five flats and each one has a service charge of £16.60 per week which is broken down as below: Would this service charge be for annual maintenance of the equipment below? if the landlord has purchased these goods , they will recover the cost after four years through housing benefit.

    Initial annual
    costs costs

    Free standing fridge/freezer 400.00 100.00
    Electric hob/oven 560.00 140.00
    Integrated washer/dryer 520.00 130.00
    Extractor hood and splashback 200.00 50.00
    Window blinds 0.00 0.00
    Carpets 300.00 75.00
    Maintenance/replacement – white goods 10% 168.00
    Maintenance – carpets/blinds 4% 0.00
    Maintenance/service – smoke alarm
    Maintenance/service – central heating
    Clearance costs 5% 84.00

    #111233
    Andy Thurman
    Keymaster

    These seem reasonable – furnished tenancies are eligible and the amounts seem reasonable at a quick glance.
    As long as the goods remain the landlord’s property I’d be happy to allow.

    #111236
    jmembery
    Participant

    I am certain Universal Credit will cover all of these costs.

    In the meantime, are the headings eligible? Yes
    Are the amounts reasonable? – look about double what I would normally expect to see

    #111238
    Kevin D
    Participant

    The only item that may be open to argument is the cost relating to smoke alarms. There are several threads where the issue of smoke alarm eligibility has been discussed; some hold the view that para 1(c) of Schedule one includes ALL types of emergency alarms and others view it otherwise. There is also a question about the word “provision” in this context as to whether this means only the initial provision or whether the context includes, in this case, ongoing maintenance etc.

    A search for “smoke alarm” or “emergency alarm” should find the earlier threads.

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