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Property Defects – Chimneys and Flues

Friday, 21st January 2011 | by: Peter Barry

When carrying out a building survey we usually start by looking at the exterior of the building and work my way down from the top to the bottom of the structure. One of the first things that we usually see are the chimney stacks. Chimney stacks have been a common feature of the London roofscape since the mid 17th Century and by the 19th Century ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

How Marriage Value is Calculated

Wednesday, 19th January 2011 | by: Peter Barry

We have been promising to explain why the concept of ‘Marriage Value’ is important and why residential leases are said to be short when there is a term of less than 80 years remaining. Thanks for your patience; we are nearly there now! Before we get there we’ll just recap some of the points we’ve been looking at in previous posts. Most ... Read more >>

What is Marriage Value?

Tuesday, 11th January 2011 | by: Peter Barry

In my last leasehold post we said that we would try to explain the implications of the Leasehold Reform Act in as simple terms as possible.  We thought that the best approach would be to start by defining some of the terms that we will be using and the first one that springs to mind is ‘Marriage Value’. Marriage Value may be described as ... Read more >>

Diary of an APC candidate – Part 3

Sunday, 19th December 2010 | by: Peter Barry

I recently accompanied one of our Chartered Surveyors on an RICS Homebuyer Report. What was a little unusual about this  particular property was the style in which it had been built, in terms of design it was as far from conventional as it could be, the footprint of the property was essentially a figure eight, with the main living quarters ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Diary of an APC candidate: The Story So Far

Tuesday, 30th November 2010 | by: Peter Barry

During the first 6 months of my APC the ‘hands on’ experience that I have gained has been broadly split between 2 areas of work; Party Wall Matters and Pre Purchase Surveys. I have seen everything from section 2 works such as cutting into the party wall for the insertion of steel beams to accommodate a loft extension, to more complex ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Leasehold Reform

Friday, 26th November 2010 | by: Peter Barry

We get quite a few enquiries each week on the subject of Leasehold Reform.  The conversion often starts as follows:- ‘I’m thinking about extending the lease on my flat….can you tell me how much it will cost and how do I go about it?’ After some probing we often find that the enquirer has considered selling their flat and has been told by ... Read more >>

Diary of an APC Candidate – Bradley Mackenzie

Thursday, 11th November 2010 | by: Peter Barry

I joined Peter Barry Surveyors in June this year following the completion of a Masters degree in Real Estate Development at the University of Westminster. This qualification has enabled me to enrol on the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and begin working towards becoming a Chartered Surveyor. I will be writing about my training ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Using the Party Wall Act to Delay a Neighbour’s Works

Wednesday, 27th October 2010 | by: Peter Barry

I received an email earlier this week from a lady who was concerned that her neighbour was going to use The Party Wall Act to delay the building of her rear extension. He had threatened to “do everything possible to delay the building work and if possible stop it altogether, including insisting on 3 surveyors being involved and instigating ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

The HMO Trap

Monday, 11th October 2010 | by: Peter Barry

One of the more minor changes that the new coalition Government have made is to partially reverse one of the Labour Government’s final pieces of housing legislature; a requirement for landlords to submit a planning application if they change the use of a property from a single-household home to a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). Since October ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Leaseholders and The Party Wall Act

Wednesday, 21st July 2010 | by: Peter Barry

Complying with the Party Wall Act can get really expensive if the adjoining properties are converted flats. Take this typical example - an owner of a mid-terrace house adding a full width single storey extension to their property. The properties on either side have been converted in to 3 flats and the Freeholder is a property investment ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying