Section 20

Comply with the consultation process for major works

Free Section 20 Notice templates

What is a Section 20 Notice?

The Section 20 Notice of Major Works is required to be served to all leaseholders when carrying out qualifying works to your building, where the contribution from any one leaseholder exceeds £250. Section 20 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 is in place to protect leaseholders and provide them with an opportunity to decide how their money is spent. It also gives freeholders reassurance that they can recover the cost of the works.

How do I get the free Section 20 Notice template?

Simply add your details to the contact form to receive the Section 20 Notice templates straight to your email inbox for free. The email will contain three individual templates for each stage of the Section 20 consultation process.

How do I prepare the Section 20 Notice?​

Section 20 consists of a three-stage consultation process, which must be followed by freeholders.

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The three-stage consultation process

Stage 1 – Issuing notice of intention to carry out works

  • Lists the items of work required at the property
  • Reasons for why you consider it necessary to carry out the work
  • Invitation for comments in relation to proposed works
  • Invitation to nominate a contractor to provide an estimate for the works
  • Provides 30-days’ notice to the leaseholders to respond

Stage 2- Statement of estimates in relation to proposed works

  • Confirmation and details including a summary of at least two estimates for each item of work
  • Details of where the estimates may be inspected or how they can be obtained
  • Invitation for written observations in relation to the estimates 
  • A summary of the comments received following the notice of intention to carry out works
  • Provides 30-days’ notice to the leaseholders to respond

Stage 3 – Leaseholder observations following statement of estimates

  • Include observations made by each of the leaseholders
  • Include any responses the freeholder would like to make to those comments
  • Advise the leaseholders that you will write further to confirm who you have decided to award the contract for the works

Once you have appointed the contractors, you will then need to write to the leaseholders to confirm the names of the contractors and the date that the works will start. 

If this procedure is not followed correctly, the freeholder will only be entitled to recover £250 from each leaseholder in respect of the works. 

Complying with Section 20 can be a very time-consuming task especially when there are a number of items of work required and multiple leaseholders to correspond with. If you are at all unsure about serving the Section 20 Notice, it is advisable to seek independent legal advice. 

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Free resources for freeholders

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If you’ve just purchased a freehold property, you may benefit from our free Section 3 Notice template, which informs tenants of the assignment of landlord’s interest. You are legally required to serve this notice to your tenants, even if the previous landlord has done so.