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Realities of Leasehold Ownership

Thursday, 22nd June 2017 | by: Matthew Price

The increasingly dire chances for first time buyers to get on the property ladder in London are well documented in the press. Those that hoped the Brexit vote or even the triggering of article 50 would soften prices have not yet seen their hopes realised as the average asking price in London reached £636,777 in April 2017. Properties purchased by ... Read more >>

Valuing Vault Spaces

Tuesday, 28th March 2017 | by: Matthew Price

With London being London, seemingly any space that can be developed is being developed. The more typical schemes are loft conversions, rear extensions and everyone’s favorite, the basement dig. Another which has become increasingly popular is the extension of one’s demise into vault spaces, which are typically located beneath ... Read more >>

Party Walls – An Architectural View

Thursday, 23rd March 2017 | by: Cameron Weights

Working as an Architectural Technologist for one of London’s busiest firms of Chartered Surveyors gives me the unique advantage of being surrounded by party wall specialists every day.  More importantly, it has allowed me to gain a good understanding of party wall procedures and factor them in to my design projects at an early stage. As a ... Read more >>

Planning the Maintenance and Repair of Flats

Thursday, 23rd February 2017 | by: Shuan Blake

When you own the freehold of a property, you have complete freedom to deal with the scope and timing of maintenance and repairs as you see fit. Owning a property under a leaseholder is a different proposition and brings with it a variety of difficulties/challenges. Essentially, the lease should set out the extent to which the building is ... Read more >>

CLAY SOILS, SUBSIDENCE, HEAVE, TREES AND ROOTS – PART 3

Thursday, 9th February 2017 | by: Peter Barry

In the first 2 parts of this post we looked at history of subsidence and the influence of trees; in this final part we'll cover other contributory factors such as the presence of ground water and variations in climate. Sloping Sites The slope of the site may have a significant effect for a number of reasons. If the site slopes steeply ... Read more >>

CLAY SOILS, SUBSIDENCE, HEAVE, TREES AND ROOTS – PART 2

Friday, 3rd February 2017 | by: Peter Barry

In the first part of this post we looked at the history of subsidence as we know it today and how subsidence related insurance claims. Today, we'll move on to look at exactly what subsidence is and some of the contributory factors. What is ‘Subsidence in Clay Soils? In geological terms clay is a relatively modern deposit and usually ... Read more >>

Clay Soils, Subsidence, Heave, Trees and Roots – Part 1

Wednesday, 25th January 2017 | by: Peter Barry

A Bit of History Anyone who's ever erected a fence in clay soil using timber posts knows that you can hammer these into the ground when the clay is soft and the posts will stand firm but when you check your fence at the end of a dry summer your previously firm posts will have worked loose because the clay soil around them has dried and ... Read more >>

Loft Spaces – Do You Actually Own Yours?

Tuesday, 10th January 2017 | by: Matthew Price

With space in London at a premium and house prices seemingly always rising, extending your property is seen as an attractive alternative to moving. Whilst there are always numerous costs and factors to consider when planning such work, owners of leasehold flats have an even more burdensome task in comparison to their freehold/house owning ... Read more >>

Repairing or Removing Shared Chimney Stacks

Friday, 25th November 2016 | by: Justin Burns

We looked at typical defects to chimney stacks on the blog a few years ago so today I wanted to cover a related topic – what the legal responsibilities of the owners are when it is a shared chimney stack that has been affected. Chimneys tend to be more exposed to the weather than other parts of a property and therefore prone to defects such ... Read more >>

What is a Licence to Alter?

Tuesday, 9th August 2016 | by: Justin Burns

A leasehold owner proposing structural or material changes to their property will generally require the consent of their Landlord under the terms of the lease. Such consent must not be unreasonably withheld but will typically be provided in the form of a written Licence to Alter (or License for Alternations) so that the interests of the Landlord ... Read more >>

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