Section 20B(1), Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, requires that landlords must demand service charges from residential leaseholders within 18 months of having incurred the underlying cost. In Brent LBC v Shulem B Association Ltd  EWHC 1663 (Ch), it was held that this meant that a contractually valid demand had to be made within that 18 month period. In West India Quay Ltd v ETAL Ltd, the landlord has been granted permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) to argue that the Shulem B case was wrongly decided.
The appeal is likely to be heard in the early part of 2020.
Justin Bates acts for the landlord.