Please note that for new leases issued with effect from 22 October 2010, the service charge clause is no longer treated as a fundamental clause as it has been recognised that the form of wording used in the current model lease will not be appropriate in all circumstances.

You will now be permitted to make such amendments to the model clause (and the related definitions) as are required to reflect the requirements of the individual development.

It will be for registered providers to ensure that the form of service charge clause included in the relevant lease is compliant with the relevant statutory and regulatory requirements and provides an appropriate mechanism to enable the landlord to recover its service charge costs.