Service charges for council leaseholders

Paying your service charge

There are various ways to make payments for major works and services charges:

  • Online
  • By phone - 1.4% surcharge for credit cards, no charge for debit cards. Automated line 0845 835 0129 (see call charges)
  • By direct debit/standing order
  • By post

More about paying online.

Pay by instalment

This is discretionary instalment facility service designed to help owner-occupiers spread the cost of their service charges and major works bills over ten monthly payments, interest free.

Leaseholders must live at the address as an owner-occupier to qualify for the scheme. The instalment facility may be withdrawn if you fall into arrears on your payments. 

Ways to pay

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Make payments 24 hours a day with our quick and easy online service.

Major works and leasehold service charges

By Phone

Automated 24 hours payment line (using a debit or credit card*)

Press Option 4 and quote your fifteen digit reference number.

  • 0845 835 0129
    (see call charges)
  • * A  charge of 1.4% is payable for credit card transactions.
  • No charge for debit card transactions.  

By Direct Debit

Set up regular monthly payments by direct debit.

Our ten monthly instalment payment option is available to owner-occupiers only. 

By Post

Make your cheque or postal order payable to: Wandsworth Council

On the back, clearly write your name, address and council account number.

  • Send to: Wandsworth Council
    Director of Finance
    PO Box 18
    London SW18 2PB

Am I entitled to a reduction?

In certain circumstances, you may be entitled to a reduction. If your total service charges for major works and routine repairs in your annual service charges, in the past five years, comes to more than £10,000 we may be able to reduce the amount you have to pay by the element over £10,000. You will still have to pay the first £10,000.

    We will automatically send an application form to apply for a reduction. This will be after the yearly service charges bill have been produced in November.

      If you think you may qualify for a reduction but have not received an application form, please contact property accounts section on 020 8871 7287. The reduction is usually only awarded when there has been exceptional hardship, and will only apply to the owner/occupiers.

      Problems paying you bills

      Your lease agreements requires you to pay your services charges (routine and major). If payment is not received within 14 days interest will be charged a 6% above the Barclays Base Rate.

      If you are an owner-occupier no interest will be charged if you have made arrangements to pay and do not fall into arrears. 

      Contacts and further advice

      If you need further advice contact:

      • Discuss an application form which you have received for a reduction - property accounts section 020 8871 7287
      • Debt advice and arrears - income collection service 020 8871 6299

      If you would like independent advice about managing your money, debts or universal credit or benefits, contact the Money Advice Service.
      Freephone 0300 500 5000. 

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