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Claiming for service charges and major works

hi I’m thinking of taking on my mums flat which is in a block and leasehold that comes with a service charge that has to be paid every year does anybody know if it is possible for me to claim for this charge as I’m on long term disability benefits due to bipolar etc 
many thanks 
any help or advice would be much appreciated 

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  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hi rich_hobbs_1,

    I'm assuming you wouldn't be paying rent and that the flat is either mortgaged or paid off.

    Some service charges can be included in the calculation of income-related employment and support allowance (ESA). If the service charges are for communal things such as upkeep of a lift, cleaning communal areas and buildings insurance which is a condition of the lease, they can be covered.

    But if they are just for your individual flat, or they are for something more than just accommodation (such as an alarm system), they can't be included.

    If they can be included then they would be part of your income-related ESA. The DWP would need evidence of what you have to pay, and what the service charges are for, so you would need invoices, proof you were responsible for paying, and a breakdown of what the service charges are for.

    Hope this helps.

    Will
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  • rich_hobbs_1rich_hobbs_1 Member Posts: 24 Listener
    Oh ok that’s great news thanks will 
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Should just say that major works which you mention in the title of your post are something else and probably wouldn't be included in your benefit. Things like minor repairs and maintenance cost should be fine, though.

    Will
    The Benefits Training Co:
    Paul Bradley
    Michael Chambers
    Will Hadwen
    Sarah Hayle
    Maria Solomon
    David Stickland
  • rich_hobbs_1rich_hobbs_1 Member Posts: 24 Listener
    Ok thanks will 
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