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The Dangers of Asbestos

Tuesday, 29th March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

On a recent Full Building Survey of a 1930’s semi detached house, we discovered that the garage roof covering consisted of asbestos tiles. The garage itself was in a poor state of repair and the client had already informed us that if the sale went through she would be demolishing it. Asbestos was a widely used material between the 1950’s ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Property Defects – Fireplaces, Chimney Breasts and Flues.

Monday, 28th March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Some time ago we wrote a post on chimney stacks, highlighting some of the common defects that we find when carrying out Building Surveys and Homebuyer Reports. We thought it was about time we dealt with the other end of the operation and talked about the fireplaces, flues and chimney breasts inside the building and how these are connected to ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Party Wall Questions #6

Thursday, 17th March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question A leasehold owner of a ground floor flat proposes to underpin the rear external walls (not party walls) of their property. What notice(s) should be served on the Freeholder and the leaseholder of the flat above and what part(s) of the Act apply? This is another question that was raised at a recent FPWS North London forum ... Read more >>

Party Wall Questions #5

Tuesday, 15th March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question What factors should a Surveyor consider when setting the hourly rate to use when calculating expenses for Adjoining Owner appointments? When a proposed fee appears excessive should a Building Owners’ surveyor ask the Adjoining Owner’s surveyor to justify their hourly rate as well as the number of hours on their time sheet? This ... Read more >>

Party Wall Questions #4

Saturday, 12th March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question I recently arranged to meet a Building Owner’s surveyor on site to prepare a schedule of condition only to find that the foundations to the proposed rear extension had already been excavated and cast. In light of recent case law were we within our rights to produce an Award authorising the excavation work retrospectively. No ... Read more >>

Leasehold Valuation Calculations – 2 Worked Examples

Saturday, 12th March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Over the course of the last few posts we have tried to explain the process of granting a new lease under the terms of the Leasehold Reform and Urban Development Act 1993. We’ve looked at the various elements that have to be taken into account in calculating the premium that the lessee will have to pay to the freeholder and thought that it was ... Read more >>

In my last post we said that we would start to look at how ‘The diminution in value of the freeholder’s interest in the subject property’ is calculated. Generally there will be two elements to take into account. This will be the loss of the income from the ground rent and the loss of the potential reversion at the end of the original ... Read more >>

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