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As a long leaseholder on the Barbican Estate you are legally required to pay a service charge in respect of your property.

View the service charge estimates and actuals page.​

The service charge covers services such as:

  • Electricity to common parts and lifts
  • Lift maintenance
  • Resident staff
  • Cleaners
  • Window cleaning
  • Estate and lobby concierge
  • Garchey maintenance
  • General repairs
  • Background heating
  • Technical services
  • Supervision and management
  • Furniture and Fittings
  • Heating

From time to time, you will also be required to pay for major works such as redecorations to the exterior or interior common parts of your block.

We will write to you at the end of May each year to give you information about the estimated service charge for your property for the forthcoming year.

This estimate will be invoiced in four equal instalments due on:

  • 24 June
  • 29 September
  • 25 December
  • 25 March

Actual expenditure is finalised after the end of the financial year and may vary from the estimate. The balancing adjustment, which could be a debit or a credit, will be applied to your account and will show on the invoice which becomes due on 29 September. We will write to you in early September each year to give you information about the actual charge and the relevant balancing adjustment. Information about each property type is in the link below.

If further information is required, please contact the Revenues Team on 020 7029 3910 or Barbican Estate Office.

How to pay service charges

Direct debit is the easiest way to pay if you have a bank or building society account – once it's set up you will never have to worry about paying on time again. To set up a direct debit to pay your service charge please contact the Revenues Team on 020 7029 3910.

By post – cheques should be made payable to "City of London" and should be sent with the payment counterfoil to the Chamberlain of London, PO Box 270 Guildhall, London EC2P 2EJ. Please do not send cash.

By Bank Giro Credit – payment can be made over the counter in a bank using the tear off counterfoil on your invoice.

By Direct Funds Transfer – please quote your customer and invoice number and use the following bank details. Through BACS Sort Code 30 00 00 Account number 00312592
Through CHAPS Sort Code 30 00 02 Account number 00196091

Failure to pay your service charges could result in legal action being taken against you for recovery of the debt. If you are experiencing financial hardship it is important to contact the Barbican Estate Office as soon as possible in order to discuss the most appropriate way of clearing the arrears.

The Leasehold Service Charge Working party – formed of officers and residents – meets 4 times a year. Their remit is to better understand the Service Charge and see that charges are transparent and represent value for money. View the Leaseholders Service Charge Working Party Report to RCC June 2019 (123KB).​