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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 >>

Calling All Reliable Tradespeople

Tuesday, 16th November 2010 | by: Peter Barry

We are constantly looking to add reliable businesses to our list of recommended contractors. There are 3 situations in which we recommend contractors to clients: To undertake work flagged up in a survey – we will often find defects while undertaking Homebuyer Reports and Building Surveys. Typical defects would include broken roofing tiles, ... Read more >>

Categories: Miscellaneous

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

It’s always difficult to advise people who call us up when a neighbour has started work which comes within the scope of the Party Wall Act but have not served the required notice. It is one of the shortcomings of the Act that there aren’t any penalties for non-compliance. The only remedy available to a Building Owner is to apply for an ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying