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When Should Party Wall Notices be Served?

Tuesday, 20th April 2021 | by: Justin Burns

Completing the party wall awards is often the last part of the jigsaw required to allow work to commence on site and the process which leads up to that point can be delayed for any number of reasons; from technical queries relating to the proposed works to the appointed surveyors’ holiday arrangements. It’s therefore advisable to get started ... Read more >>

Written or Photographic Schedule of Condition?

Sunday, 21st March 2021 | by: Justin Burns

While the current social distance regulations remain in place, surveyors are under pressure to spend as little time inside occupied properties as possible. One way of doing that is to rely upon a photographic only schedule of condition instead of the traditional written record but can it ever be as useful?Prior to the pandemic the primary ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

Additional Storeys and The Party Wall Act

Sunday, 7th March 2021 | by: Justin Burns

An amendment to the General Permitted Development Order which allows property owners to add up to 2 further storeys to their property without planning consent came in to force on 30th December 2020. So does this mean we’re going to see houses all over London being extended upwards despite how incongruous such an extension may look? A scan ... Read more >>

Proposed Leasehold Reform: Opportunities for negotiation

Friday, 19th February 2021 | by: Matthew Price

It is over a month since the Housing Secretary's announcement on Leasehold Reform. We wrote are response shortly after and have been advising numerous clients, new and existing on what this means for them.Our pithy answer is "there is great opportunity but it all depend on your personal circumstances". The vast majority of clients already ... Read more >>

What to do when your Neighbour Ignores The Party Wall Act

Tuesday, 16th February 2021 | by: Justin Burns

We get 2 or 3 calls most weeks from owners whose neighbour has gone ahead with work which comes within the scope of the Party Wall Act without serving notice.They are surprised to hear that there are no penalties for such behaviour and their only remedy is to apply to the court for an injunction. Gaining an injunction seems to most owners to ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

7 Common Queries About Probate

Monday, 18th January 2021 | by: Matthew Price

1. What is Probate? The definition of Probate is 'proving' which entails proving that the deceased's will in possession of the Executor is their last. Probate is granted by the Court which determines that the Executor has the power to administer the estate.Once Probate has been granted the Executor is able to sell the decease's property. 2. ... Read more >>

Categories: Valuation

Our Response to Leasehold Reform

Monday, 11th January 2021 | by: Peter Barry

Following on from the Law Commissions Consultation and recommendations the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced “the biggest reforms to English property law for 40 years, fundamentally making home ownership fairer and more secure”.Peter Barry Surveyors have been fighting the corner for Leaseholders since 2010 and know too well ... Read more >>

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