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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 >>

Categories: Leasehold Valuations

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 >>

The Party Wall Act – Common Misunderstandings

Friday, 11th December 2020 | by: Peter Barry

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 has been with us for almost twenty-five years but it is still clear that the public has, at best, a tenuous grip on its details. I have outlined a few of the most common misunderstandings below: My extension will be on my own land so the Act does not apply. Section 6 of the Party Wall Act covers adjacent ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Reserving Issues in a Party Wall Award

Wednesday, 30th September 2020 | by: Justin Burns

In an ideal world the appointed surveyors would have all the information they require available and be in a position to cover all aspects of the work in detail in the award but there are situations where that is either not possible or pragmatic. We refer to these as ‘reserved matters’ i.e. a matter where some additional information is required ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

Signing and Serving Party Wall Awards

Sunday, 6th September 2020 | by: Justin Burns

When a party wall award has been agreed it should be served on the owners without delay or ‘forthwith’ as the authors of the Act put it but how does that happen in practice? Until section 15 of the Act was amended by the Electronic Communications Act in 2016 all awards were generally served either by post or in person. The typical procedure ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

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