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Service charge higher than advertised

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    We are most of the way through buying our first flat, however when we put in our offer the estate agent said that the service charge for the leasehold was just over £100 per month, around £1300 per annum.

    However, we've just been forwarded the leasehold documents from our conveyancer, and the estimate for next year is £1900. They had this report on next year's estimate well before we put our offer in, and I suspect before they put it on the market.

    The service charge for them in 2010 and 2011 was around the £1300 mark that they quoted us, but was £1600 last year.

    What would people's advice be? Should we revise our offer based on this new information, or is this just something that happens?

    Many thanks