New version of commercial service charge code published

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has published it’s professional statement: service charges in commercial property (First Edition).

This is effective from 1 April 2019.

The service charge code has been published for the first time as a professional statement, rather than as a code of practice. It supersedes the previous three editions that were published as codes of practice.



The aims of this professional statement are to:

  • improve general standards and promote best practice, uniformity, fairness and transparency in the management and administration of service charges in commercial property.
  • ensure timely issue of budgets and year end certificates.
  • reduce the causes of disputes and to provide general guidance and resolution.
  • provide guidance to solicitors, their clients and managers of service charges in the negotiation, drafting, interpretation and operation of leases, in accordance with best practice.

The full PS is available via the RICS website here



23 September 2018

Cassandra Zanelli

Widely recognised for her expertise in the industry, and listed among the 100 most influential people in residential leasehold management, Cass heads the team at PM Legal Services. Passionate about education and sharing knowledge, she's a regular speaker at conferences, events and seminars, having worked with leading organisations in the property management industry.

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