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Essex Barn Renovation

Friday, 28th June 2013 | by: Justin Burns

Having talked about it for many years my family and I ‘escaped to the country’ in October last year; specifically to a converted barn on the edge of a little Essex village. When we started our search we laid down certain criteria, the property had to be: Within a 1 hour drive of Peter Barry’s North London office. In a rural ... Read more >>

A New Way to Resolve Boundary Disputes

Friday, 5th April 2013 | by: Justin Burns

You’ve probably read newspaper articles about warring neighbours who’ve spent tens of thousands of pounds going to court over a 6 inch strip of land.  Until now boundary disputes have been dealt with by the courts and the lack of a statutory framework means that costs often escalate to level well in excess of the value of the land that is ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Changes to Permitted Development Order

Monday, 19th November 2012 | by: Justin Burns

Some two and a half months after Eric Pickles stood up in Parliament and announced that the Government planned to ease the rules relating to residential extensions the promised consultation period has finally begun. In case you missed the announcement the most significant part was a proposal that the owners of terraced or semi-detached ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

The Benefits of Extending Your Lease in Good Time

Friday, 9th November 2012 | by: Peter Barry

If you own a flat or maisonette it is almost certainly held on a lease. The original term of the lease is likely to have been 99 or 125 years and there will be provisions for the Landlord to collect ground rent every year at an amount that will normally increase throughout the term of the lease. As the remaining term of the lease reduces so ... Read more >>

Subterranean Development Bill

Saturday, 4th August 2012 | by: Justin Burns

The Subterranean Development Bill was originally an amendment to the Localism Bill sponsored by Lord Selsdon and drafted by members of the Pyramus & Thisbe Club. The driving force behind the bill appears to be resident associations in affluent areas of London such as Belgravia and Highgate where many members of the House of Lords have ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Japanese Knotweed… Ignore this plant at your cost

Tuesday, 19th June 2012 | by: Peter Barry

Over the last couple of years I have noticed that Japanese knotweed has received an increasing amount of press coverage, the reports always seem to have similar characteristics and usually follow the same pattern: After struggling to save up enough money and seemingly against all odds a young couple view a property, decide it’s the one for ... Read more >>

Categories: Miscellaneous, Surveying

Lease Extension – The Process after your Valuation

Wednesday, 13th June 2012 | by: Peter Barry

In past blogs I have covered the many issues in regards to extending or acquiring a new lease; however most of these have only taken us as far as the point of valuation. This blog will focus on the statutory process once your surveyor has produced his report and also look to highlight some potential pitfalls. The first step to initiate the ... Read more >>