Start a conversation with people who live in flats and it won’t be long before they’re complaining about the high service charges and shared maintenance costs. They want to enjoy the benefit of shared facilities and not having to deal with things themselves but they simply cannot accept that costs go up and are often far more than just a few years ago.
There is an acceptance that building insurance costs may have increased and that the upkeep of gardens, lifts, window cleaning and lighting communal areas all cost more than in previous years but there is a strong reluctance to have to pay for it. You’ll soon hear the inevitable, woeful exclamation “If I lived in my own house, I wouldn’t have to pay all these expenses and, even if I did have to pay some of them, I’d be in control of them any way.”
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