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HMRC internal manual

Trusts, Settlements and Estates Manual

Trusts for particular purposes: flat management companies - tenants of rented property

Under the terms of a rental contract either the tenant or the landlord will be responsible for repairing the property. If the landlord includes in the rent payable some figure to cover his repairing obligations the fact that the payment by the tenant will be part of his rent will not preclude the operation of Section 42 LTA 1987. However, in order to fall within the definition of ‘service charge’ the amount must be variable according to the costs or estimated costs of repairs etc. So if the lease simply states that part of the rents payable will be used for servicing, repairs and maintenance etc. for which the landlord is then responsible then the matter is outside Section 42 LTA 1987 because the payments by the tenants do not amount to a ‘service charge’ as defined in Section 18 LTA 1985. The whole of the rent will be property income of the landlord.