Service charges in commercial property

Published September 2018
Effective from April 2019
Reissued September 2023

This professional standard sets a marker for the standards of management required in commercial property and provides mandatory obligations that RICS members and regulated firms engaged in this area must comply with. It has been endorsed by property bodies representing all sides of the property industry and widely acknowledged as a significant step forward for the property industry.

This document is effective from 1 April 2019.

The aims and objectives of this professional standard are to:
- improve general standards and promote best practice, uniformity, fairness and transparency in the management and administration of services charges in commercial property
- ensure timely issue of budgets and year-end certificates
- reduce the causes of disputes and to provide guidance on resolution and
- provide guidance to solicitors, their clients (whether owners or occupiers) and managers of service charges in the negotiation, drafting, interpretation and operation of leases, in accordance with best practice.

Although this document is a first edition professional standard, it supersedes the previous three editions published as codes of practice from 1 April 2019.

This document was reissued in September 2023 as a professional standard. It had previously been published in September 2018 as a professional statement. No material changes have been made to the document.