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Plus ça change

Wednesday, 9th February 2011 | by: Peter Barry

We wrote a few weeks ago about how things haven’t changed that much in the residential property in the last few decades.  Just recently we carried out surveys of two flats in London which illustrate this point quite dramatically. Both properties were one-bedroom, purpose-built flats in medium rise developments. They were both located in ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Party Wall Questions #3

Tuesday, 1st February 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question Can a Building Owner cast a new mass concrete foundation above and alongside the projecting concrete foundation to an existing party wall and connect the two foundations with a dowel (known as ‘overpinning’) without serving notice? This is another question that was raised at a recent FPWS North London forum meeting which I ... Read more >>

Party Wall Questions #2

Wednesday, 26th January 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question An Owner of a terraced house wishes to convert his original first floor balcony to an additional room. The balcony is built against an original party wall which is enclosed on the Adjoining Owner’s side - the balconies were built on the same side of each house in the terrace. Would Section 11(11) expenses be payable to the Adjoining ... Read more >>

Party Wall Questions #1

Saturday, 22nd January 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question An Owner plans to add an additional floor to the back addition of his late Victorian terraced house by raising a studwork wall against the existing party parapet wall (see sketch below) – does he have a right of access on to the roof of the Adjoining Owner’s property to apply hanging tiles/flashings? Could the Adjoining Owner ... Read more >>

Property Defects – Chimneys and Flues

Friday, 21st January 2011 | by: Peter Barry

When carrying out a building survey we usually start by looking at the exterior of the building and work my way down from the top to the bottom of the structure. One of the first things that we usually see are the chimney stacks. Chimney stacks have been a common feature of the London roofscape since the mid 17th Century and by the 19th Century ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

How Marriage Value is Calculated

Wednesday, 19th January 2011 | by: Peter Barry

We have been promising to explain why the concept of ‘Marriage Value’ is important and why residential leases are said to be short when there is a term of less than 80 years remaining. Thanks for your patience; we are nearly there now! Before we get there we’ll just recap some of the points we’ve been looking at in previous posts. Most ... Read more >>

What is Marriage Value?

Tuesday, 11th January 2011 | by: Peter Barry

In my last leasehold post we said that we would try to explain the implications of the Leasehold Reform Act in as simple terms as possible.  We thought that the best approach would be to start by defining some of the terms that we will be using and the first one that springs to mind is ‘Marriage Value’. Marriage Value may be described as ... Read more >>

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