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Technical Release: Residential Service Charge Accounts

Detailed guidance on accounting for service charges

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Posted: 08 / 11 / 2011

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This is a guide to the law and professional best practice in relation to residential service charge accounting.

There are currently no statutory requirements for the preparation and content of regular service charge accounts. Nor are there any requirements for the external examination of these accounts. Furthermore, many leases are silent on exactly how service charge accounts should be produced. This often leads to inconsistent accounting practices and confusion over how such monies should be accounted for.

To combat this and give leaseholders greater confidence in the way their money is handled, ARMA, together with the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors have published this best practice guidance.

It aims to clear up the inconsistencies in approach and ultimately increase! transparency in service charge accounting procedures.

ARMA members are required to adhere to this guidance.

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