The advantages of external audit for managed property portfolios
Websters senior partner David Goddard says that ‘when we started specialising in service charge audits they were frequently undertaken as part of the property owner’s general annual audit. This was not a satisfactory situation because specialist knowledge is needed for accurate service charge accounting assessment.
• Landlords and tenants have transparent financial relationships
• Tenants trust that the service charge is correct and fair at no added cost to the landlord
• A reduction in investigations by tenants into service charges, saving time and money for landlords
• Specialist advice on current techniques for the internal accounts team
• Almost all general practice accountants and auditors unfortunately do not have the specialist knowledge and experience to fully understand your needs
Since that time many large landlords in the UK have moved to providing independent audited accounts for their service charges thus removing one cause of landlord : tenant conflict’