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The most common way for a leaseholder to extend their lease involves a solicitor serving a Section 42 notice (S42) on their freeholder under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993. This notice not only compels the Freeholder to grant the lessee a new lease equal to the existing term plus 90 years at a peppercorn ground rent, ... Read more >>

A question came up on a recent party wall job which led to an interesting debate on what the section 11(11) expenses should cover when one owner re-builds a party fence wall as a party wall and the other owner later makes use of it. Section 11(11) of the Act states that: Where use is subsequently made by the adjoining owner of work carried ... Read more >>

What Constitutes a Land Registry Compliant Lease Plan?

Sunday, 23rd March 2014 | by: Justin Burns

All new leases with terms of 7 or more years or assigned leases with at least 7 years remaining must be registered with Land Registry and to do that a lease plan is required. A Lease Plan is an appropriately scaled metric drawing depicting the land or part of a building over which the lessee has exclusive or shared access. For a Lease Plan ... Read more >>

Waterproofing Solid Brick Walls

Saturday, 8th March 2014 | by: Justin Burns

As a result of the extreme weather over recent weeks I’ve taken a couple of calls from owners who have experienced dampness penetrating through solid walls as a result of driving rain. You’d think that a 215mm thick solid brick wall would provide a sufficient barrier to rain but often defects will arise which means that’s not the ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Party Wall Surveyor Fees

Saturday, 1st March 2014 | by: Justin Burns

We prepare several fee proposals for party wall services every week. Clients like the assurance of a fixed fee and as specialist party wall surveyors we’re confident to provide such. The more difficult question is what the adjoining owner’s surveyor is likely to charge? It’s probably best to start by explaining why the adjoining owner’s ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Surveying a Property that is to be Sold at Auction

Saturday, 1st February 2014 | by: Justin Burns

In normal circumstances our clients will have agreed to purchase a property at a set price prior to instructing us to undertake a survey. That’s not possible if the subject property is being sold at auction. Auction houses tend to publish their catalogues, both in hard copy and online, about a month in advance. In the 2-3 weeks leading up to ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

The Perils of Lath and Plaster Ceilings

Saturday, 21st December 2013 | by: Justin Burns

Thursday evening’s collapse of a section of the ceiling at the Apollo Theatre in London brought in to sharp focus the need to maintain ceilings in period properties. Looking at the pictures of the Apollo’s interior there is much ornate plasterwork but being built in 1901 the base of the ceiling will undoubtedly be of lath and plaster type. ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Are Purchases Falling through due to a Shortage of Surveyors?

Thursday, 19th September 2013 | by: Peter Barry

Many estate agents and mortgage brokers are reporting lengthy delays when it comes to getting surveys completed for properties. Hotspots such as West London are amongst the most affected by the backlog but there seems to be a general lengthening in the time span for survey fulfillment. Although RICS (the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors) is ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Valuing Roof Spaces for Development

Friday, 13th September 2013 | by: Matthew Price

I’ve had to prepare a couple of valuations recently for owners that wanted to either buy or sell a roof space. The most common scenario is where a property has been converted but the roof space, or part of it, has been retained by the freeholder; often for the purpose of housing cold water storage tanks serving the flats below. As the flats ... Read more >>

Essex Barn Renovation – Windows

Monday, 19th August 2013 | by: Justin Burns

We’re now 6 weeks in to phase 1 of the work and I’d estimate that we’ve fallen a couple of weeks behind the program. The reason appears to be the lack of availability of sub-contractors but hopefully we’ll pull back the time during the phase 2 program which appears to be a bit more generous. Anyway, it is nice to see the shape of the ... Read more >>

Categories: Case Studies, Surveying