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One of the most well known and widely used surveying standards are technically named “Red Book” Valuations or RICS valuations.You may be asked to arrange for a Chartered Surveyor to undertake a Red book valuation by your solicitor for a range of purposes - Taxation, Probate, Matrimonial, Shared Ownership, Court Proceedings or even ... Read more >>

Categories: Valuation

Different Types of Asbestos and Where They Can Be Found

Sunday, 1st July 2018 | by: Nick Bridger

What exactly is it?Asbestos is a natural, fibrous mineral that was generally used as a building material in the UK between the 1950s and 1980s. It was mined in the far-east, Africa and South America before the fibres were woven into fabrics or mixed into cement.Asbestos was used because it is strong, sound absorbent and fireproof, thus ... Read more >>

Serving Party Wall Notices

Sunday, 20th May 2018 | by: Justin Burns

Being legal documents, party wall notices must be ‘served’ and the acceptable methods of service are set out is section 15 of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.Service by HandSometimes our clients prefer to hand deliver their party wall notices as it gives them an opportunity to add a personal touch to the legal process.However, the Act ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

Deed of Variation – A move to fairer Ground Rents?

Thursday, 22nd February 2018 | by: Matthew Price

Back in the middle of 2017, Taylor Wimpey amongst a few others, received blanket bad press for their involvement in the selling of leasehold houses, which included very aggressive ground rents. Headlines such as “£9,000 per year Ground Rent” and “Newlyweds unable to sell home due to legal catch that sees ground rent DOUBLE every decade” ... Read more >>

Party Wall Procedures – Alternatives to Injunctions

Sunday, 11th February 2018 | by: Justin Burns

I have previously written about the option of an adjoining owner applying for an injunction where their neighbour has commenced work covered by the Party Wall Act without serving notice. However, the costs of obtaining an injunction can be significant, may not be recoverable in full and such would only be justified where there is a real danger to ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

Why You Can’t Say “You’re Fired!” to a Party Wall Surveyor

Thursday, 2nd November 2017 | by: Justin Burns

Imagine having a job from which you cannot be dismissed - that must be the dream of many people. Well, that is exactly the position that appointed party wall surveyors find themselves in. Section 10(2) of the Act confirms that 'All appointments and selections made under this section shall be in writing and shall not be rescinded by either party". ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

Guide to Informal Lease Extensions

Wednesday, 20th September 2017 | by: Matthew Price

The Leasehold Reform and Urban Development Act, 1993, establishes the valuation basis and legal framework for leaseholders to extend their lease (as well as enfranchise). The most common way to enact the Act, is to serve a Section 42 notice with the help of a specialist solicitor, but this does come with a raft of stipulations and costs, and is a ... Read more >>

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