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What is a Licence to Alter?

Tuesday, 9th August 2016 | by: Justin Burns

A leasehold owner proposing structural or material changes to their property will generally require the consent of their Landlord under the terms of the lease. Such consent must not be unreasonably withheld but will typically be provided in the form of a written Licence to Alter (or License for Alternations) so that the interests of the Landlord ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Planning Permission v Permitted Development

Sunday, 7th August 2016 | by: Cameron Weights

Planning Permission v Permitted Development Clients tend to ask me the question ‘Should I go through planning permission or should I go through permitted development?’ To answer the question it is important to really understand the difference between the two first starting with an understanding of each. What is Planning ... Read more >>

Categories: Architecture

Stages of Works – Architectural Services

Monday, 11th July 2016 | by: Cameron Weights

As an architectural technician working in close conjunction with our clients it has become increasingly obvious that the stages involved when wanting to proceed with works at a property aren’t quite clear. I have therefore decided that it is only fitting that the first post from the architectural team address this crucial issue as otherwise ... Read more >>

Categories: Architecture

Writing as the owner of a surveying practice that undertakes a large volume of party wall work I have to say I’m happy that not all party wall notices are consented to but it does concern me how poorly the Act is understood by the general public and how many unnecessary party wall disputes arise as a result of that poor understanding. If you ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

UK Investment Visas

Tuesday, 14th June 2016 | by: Matthew Price

The UK, like any other country in the world, has various requirements and limitations in respect to non-citizen’s living and working arrangements. As we are part of the European Union (for the time being anyway) workers from within this economic area benefit from the operation of what is an internal/single market which allows free movement of ... Read more >>

Categories: Valuation

Schedules of Condition

Thursday, 2nd June 2016 | by: Justin Burns

Accurately recording the condition of adjoining properties is an important part of the process of producing a party wall award (many owners think it’s the only part!) so I thought it was worthy of a blog post in its own right. When our trainees start working on party wall files the skills involved in preparing schedules is the first thing ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Pitched Roof Structures: Common Property Defects #7

Tuesday, 17th May 2016 | by: Steve Hobbs

The roof is one of the most important parts of a building. It is responsible for protecting the structure beneath from weather, and its failure can have a serious effect on other elements of the building. The roof structure is responsible for supporting the weather-tight roof covering, and distributing its loads (which tend to be considerable) to ... Read more >>