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Freehold Enfranchisement: The Dreaded ‘Development Valuation’

Thursday, 12th January 2017 | by: Steve Hobbs

One of the valuation issues that is unique to the freehold enfranchisement process is the potential for the existence of compensation for development value. In smaller blocks and period conversions development value will often arise from the potential to convert the roof space as an extension of the upper flat, to develop the basement as an ... Read more >>

Loft Spaces – Do You Actually Own Yours?

Tuesday, 10th January 2017 | by: Matthew Price

With space in London at a premium and house prices seemingly always rising, extending your property is seen as an attractive alternative to moving. Whilst there are always numerous costs and factors to consider when planning such work, owners of leasehold flats have an even more burdensome task in comparison to their freehold/house owning ... Read more >>

Repairing or Removing Shared Chimney Stacks

Friday, 25th November 2016 | by: Justin Burns

We looked at typical defects to chimney stacks on the blog a few years ago so today I wanted to cover a related topic – what the legal responsibilities of the owners are when it is a shared chimney stack that has been affected. Chimneys tend to be more exposed to the weather than other parts of a property and therefore prone to defects such ... Read more >>

Well the good news is that Brexit is no longer the biggest political story of the years. Donald has trumped it, taking the White House in a landslide victory over opponent Hillary Clinton. So, what does this mean for London’s property market? One lesson we have all learned from the 2008 financial crisis is that the global economy is now more ... Read more >>

Categories: Miscellaneous, Valuation

Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) Valuations

Friday, 11th November 2016 | by: Steve Hobbs

The Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) applies to companies that own residential property in the UK. The charge is levied annually, and depends upon the value of the property at the relevant valuation date. The valuation date 1st April 2012 for properties acquired before that date. For properties acquired after 1st April 2012 the valuation ... Read more >>

Categories: Valuation

3D Laser Scanning in Architecture

Tuesday, 13th September 2016 | by: Cameron Weights

Peter Barry prides itself on being a forward thinking professional practice; not only do we offer our clients a first class service we produce drawings that are in the upper echelon of accuracy and quality. One way in which we achieve this is by utilising 3D laser scanning in our measured surveys. What Is 3D Laser Scanning? Laser scanning ... Read more >>

Categories: Architecture

A Guide to Building Regulations

Thursday, 8th September 2016 | by: Cameron Weights

A Guide to Building Regulations I am often asked ‘What is Building Regulations, why do I need them, does my project need building regulations approval?’ In most cases the answer is yes, in almost all residential development work, even if you believe it to be minor works you will need some form of building regulations approval. What Are ... Read more >>

Categories: Architecture