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Valuing a Property for Probate

Saturday, 17th October 2015 | by: Matthew Price

One of the more unfortunate types of valuations that need to be undertaken by a Chartered Surveyor is for probate purposes. After a family member has passed away you will need to value their money, property and possessions (also known as their estate) in order to get  a ‘grant of representation’ (the legal right to deal with the ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying, Valuation

Cracking Around Bay Windows – Common Property Defects # 3

Thursday, 30th July 2015 | by: Steve Hobbs

Cracking as a result of movement is one of the more worrying defects faced by homeowners and recently we have inspected a number of period properties where cracking has appeared in and around bay windows. In 1894 building regulations were revised so as to allow windows to stand proud from external walls. Previous regulations required windows to ... Read more >>

Movement Around Brick Arches – Common Property Defects # 2

Monday, 18th May 2015 | by: Steve Hobbs

We are often contacted by homeowners who are concerned about cracks in their properties. Recently we have inspected a number of period properties where the owners have noticed cracking around brick arches. Brick arches are found within openings in walls, typically above windows and doors. They function to support the wall above the opening, ... Read more >>

The Story of the Collapsing House in Finchley

Sunday, 19th April 2015 | by: William Weaver

Every now and then there is a catastrophic incident involving the construction industry somewhere in the UK. When a house collapses it gets reported in the national press and sometimes on radio and TV. It’s a dramatic event but fortunately it doesn’t happen that often. A recently reported case involved an ordinary medium sized, Victorian, ... Read more >>

Rising Damp – Common Property Defects #1

Friday, 10th April 2015 | by: Steve Hobbs

Rising damp is often first noticed by homeowners when it materialises as distress within the plaster of internal walls, peeling and blistering of wall decorations, and sometimes signs of rot in skirting boards and other woodwork. In some cases dark staining and a tide mark type line is visible. Rising damp occurs when masonry walls stand in ... Read more >>

When Should Party Wall Notices be Served?

Saturday, 28th March 2015 | by: Justin Burns

Completing the party wall awards is often the last part of the jigsaw required to allow work to commence on site and the process which leads up to that point can be delayed for any number of reasons; from technical queries relating to the proposed works to the appointed surveyors’ holiday arrangements. It’s therefore advisable to get started ... Read more >>

Changes to Capital Gains Tax Affecting Foreign Investors

Sunday, 1st March 2015 | by: Justin Burns

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve begun to receive calls from overseas investors or their agents concerned about the change to Capital Gains Tax which is due to come in to force on 6th April this year. Announcing the change in his 2013 Autumn Statement, George Osborne, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer said “It is not right that those who ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying, Valuation

The Role of the ‘Agreed’ Surveyor

Wednesday, 25th February 2015 | by: Justin Burns

I’ve been meaning to write a post for a while that I could link to when an owner asks me to explain the role of the ‘Agreed Surveyor’ as it’s a difficult concept. The question tends to be asked by an adjoining owner who has already appointed me to act for them and has been approached by the building owner to ask if I’d be willing to act ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

The Most Important Party Walls Article You’ll Read

Sunday, 1st February 2015 | by: Justin Burns

I would estimate that at least 80% of misunderstandings relating to the The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 could be cleared up if people understood the purpose and process as outlined in these 6 steps: The building owner (the party undertaking the work) notifies affected adjoining owners of any work falling within the scope of the Act. Upon ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Assessing a Fair Lease Extension Premium: The Impartial Approach

Monday, 15th September 2014 | by: Steve Hobbs

The statutory lease extension process, as with so many Landlord and Tenant matters, is traditionally adversarial. However, it need not necessarily be so. In most instances the leaseholder simply wants to extend their lease with the minimum fuss and expense and without being extorted in the process. Likewise, many non-institutional freeholders are ... Read more >>