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It has been 100 days since Boris Johnson announced in a televised address, that the UK was to go into lockdown. At the time, Peter Barry Surveyors were quick to act and implement working practices that protected our clients and our staff with the wider scope for desktop studies for lease extensions and freehold acquisitions being a perfect ... Read more >>

What to do when not all the Works are covered by the Act

Sunday, 14th June 2020 | by: Justin Burns

Party wall procedures are built around a sequence laid down in the Act - the proposed work must be a right provided, those works must be formally notified to any affected adjoining owners and if the notices are dissented to, surveyors must be appointed to draw up an award authorising the works. Occasionally a building owner will desire access ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

What is a Party Wall Award?

Sunday, 24th May 2020 | by: Justin Burns

To understand the purpose of a party wall award it's necessary to take a step back and appreciate where it fits within the procedures set out in the Act. Where a party will notice has been served and has not been consented to by the affected adjoining owner a dispute arises. Both the building owner and the adjoining owner must appoint a surveyor ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

Even if the Covid-19 restrictions start to be eased later this month, the 1.5 million people designated as ‘clinically vulnerable’ will have to remain shielded until at least the middle of June and potentially much longer. That poses a particular problem for property owners within this group whose neighbours plan to commence building works ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

Covid-19 – Housing Market Outlook

Thursday, 16th April 2020 | by: Steve Hobbs

This is perhaps the most uncertain and unpredictable time since the Second World War. The scale of the impact of Covid-19 on global economies, financial markets and, as a result, housing markets is beyond the scope of anything the world’s population has experienced in living memory.  Stock markets have lurched lower worldwide. Even bond markets ... Read more >>

Categories: Valuation

Can Valuations be Done Without an Inspection?

Thursday, 9th April 2020 | by: Peter Barry

At Peter Barry, we undertake valuations for a range of purposes. Taxation, accounting and the more unfortunate probate or divorce. All of our procedures and reports must conform to the RICS Valuation - Global Standards or 'Red Book'. The current COVID situation has caused huge disruption to every industry including the surveying world. The ... Read more >>

Categories: Valuation

Party Wall Procedures During Lockdown

Tuesday, 7th April 2020 | by: Justin Burns

The Government has confirmed that building work may continue during the current lockdown so long as the temporary Site Operating Procedures (SOP) are complied with. I therefore thought it might be helpful for those at the various stages of planning a building project to consider the impact on party wall procedures. If your designer has already ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

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