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The Secrets of Dealing with Difficult Tenants

Monday, 30th January 2012 | by: Peter Barry

If you’ve been a landlord for a while, chances are you’ve come across difficult tenants in the past. You will no doubt have learnt from your mistakes but there’s no real way of knowing how someone is going to treat your property, or deal with rental payments, until they have actually moved in. A prospective tenant might look great on paper ... Read more >>

Categories: Miscellaneous

Case Study – How Using a Professional can save you Money

Wednesday, 26th October 2011 | by: Peter Barry

We’ve written quite a few posts over the last few months on how the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 works in principle, so we thought it was probably about time to look at a ‘Real World’ example and show how you can benefit from taking professional advice at an early stage. As they always say in these cases, ... Read more >>

Reach for the Sky? – Your Loft Conversion Guide

Friday, 21st October 2011 | by: Peter Barry

What do you do these days if you live in London and need additional space? Moving to a larger property might be out of the question for a number of reasons and many London properties have such small gardens that a traditional ground floor extension might not be practical. One possible, and increasingly popular, solution is to extend upwards ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Should I Allow my Tenants to Redecorate?

Thursday, 29th September 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Some people completely distance themselves from their rental property. They’re happy to keep the cash rolling in and let the tenants take control. On the other hand, there are landlords who view their rental property as their baby and want to know if the tenants so much as mount a picture on the wall. It can be especially difficult to view your ... Read more >>

Categories: Miscellaneous

An Overview of Section 12 of the PWA – Part 2

Thursday, 29th September 2011 | by: Peter Barry

In the first half of this post I looked at how Section 12 of the Act, relating to Security for Expenses, is administered. I explained how such a request is made and the logistics of setting up a fund. In this final part I will look at when it is appropriate to make a request and how the level of security should be determined. The purpose of ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Case Study – Party Wall Award as Agreed Surveyor

Thursday, 22nd September 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Appointing Owner: Owner of a mid-terraced house in Highbury, London N1 Proposed work: Side return extension Notice date: 4th February 2011 Background: We were approached by an architect to provide a fee proposal for his client who was planning to add a modern Garden Room alongside the existing back addition of his mid-terrace property. The ... Read more >>

Don’t be Left Holding the Baby – Section 12 of The PWA

Friday, 16th September 2011 | by: Peter Barry

The Party Wall Act grants wide ranging rights to Building Owners, for example, an Adjoining Owner can be happily going about his business when a notice drops on the doormat informing him that in 2 months time his neighbour will demolish the wall that divides their properties; whether he likes it or not. The Adjoining Owner’s immediate ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying