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Help to buy, shared ownership schemes and staircasing

Thursday, 20th December 2018 | by: Peter Barry

With house prices in some areas of London having risen 10-fold over the last 20 years it is becoming increasingly more difficult for young people to get their foot on the property ladder. Initiatives that have increased in popularity since they were first introduced in 2013 are the Help to Buy and Shared Ownership schemes. The Help to Buy ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying, Valuation

Leasehold properties: What you need to know before you purchase

Tuesday, 20th November 2018 | by: Matthew Price

Leasehold properties: What you need to know before you purchase Written By Matthew Price of Peter Barry Surveyors & Matthew Barrett of Thirsk Winton LLP There are many things to consider when deciding whether to purchase leasehold property. Such properties are, by necessity, burdened by greater legal and valuation complexities and it ... Read more >>

Can my neighbour build on my land?

Tuesday, 30th October 2018 | by: Justin Burns

In general, your neighbour only has the right to build up to the boundary line (line of junction) between the two properties but there are circumstances when they can legitimately build on your land. Ground Floor Extension You can give consent for them to build a new party wall and foundations on your land. An existing boundary wall built ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

If Freeholder’s consent is required be prepared to pay for it

Tuesday, 30th October 2018 | by: Matthew Price

Despite evidence of falling values in some areas on London, house prices in the capital remain amongst the most expensive in the world. If Stamp Duty is factored in, £20,000 would be payable on a £600,000 zone 4 mid-terraced 3 bedroom house, it is no surprise that many people choose to extend their property rather than move. This post ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying, Valuation

Valuations – What do I need to know?

Thursday, 20th September 2018 | by: Steve Hobbs

In recent months we have, on more than one occasion, been asked to undertake reviews of valuations undertaken by other valuers following concerns raised by the clients as to their accuracy. In these circumstances it’s not unusual to find that the valuation under scrutiny leaves something to be desired. It is also not unusual to find that the ... Read more >>

Categories: Valuation

CONTROLLING CONDENSATION AND MOULD

Wednesday, 22nd August 2018 | by: Justin Burns

What is Condensation? There is always some moisture in the air, even if you cannot see it. If air gets cold, it cannot hold all the moisture produced by every-day activities and some of this moisture appears as tiny droplets of water, most noticeable on windows on a cold morning. This is condensation. It can also be seen in mirrors when you have ... Read more >>

Categories: Building Defects

Valuations for Registered Charities

Sunday, 5th August 2018 | by: Matthew Price

Registered charities must obtain an RICS Red Book valuation from a suitably qualified Chartered Surveyor before entering into a transaction for disposal. This includes selling, letting and also the granting of new rights.  Sections 117 to 121 of the Charities Act 2011 outline the procedure that ensures the disposal is on the best terms reasonably ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying, Valuation

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