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As we all adjust to the new reality of home working everyone is having to adjust the way they do business. Residential surveying is founded on the need to visit and inspect people's homes and properties, but there are many types of work that with small adjustments can still function remotely. Desktop Reports A report for a lease extension can be ... Read more >>

Categories: Leasehold Valuations

Property Inspections and the Coronavirus

Tuesday, 24th March 2020 | by: Justin Burns

We're all having to adapt to a new way of working and we've been endeavouring to keep things ticking over while observing Government guidance. Surveyors are in a slightly unusual position in that much of our work, such as report writing etc., can easily be done from home whereas property inspections obviously cannot. We've been practising ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

Here at Peter Barry, we have been very aware of our obligations to our clients, staff and the Country given that our job involves visiting people's homes and properties. Our Managing Director Justin Burns outlined our procedures and introduced Risk Management Plans for all work types on 16th March.  By the end of that week, we were able to ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

COVID-19 WEEK ONE: A Giant Thank You to all Our clients

Wednesday, 18th March 2020 | by: Matthew Price

This time last week the UK was forging its own course of action through the COVID-19 crisis leaving many to question whether we were doing enough.  Then came Monday 16th and Boris's announcement of mass postponement of sporting events, curtailment of social gatherings and for employees to work from home. Peter Barry, along with the rest of the ... Read more >>

Categories: News, Surveying

Interest Rates Cut in Response to Coronavirus

Wednesday, 11th March 2020 | by: Peter Barry

The Bank of England has cut its base rate from 0.75% to 0.25%. The last time there was a cut was back in 2016 but rates have been at a very low level since the financial crash of 2008. Some mortgages will get cheaper but not all: Fixed-Rate: as the name suggests, your rate cannot change during the fixed period but you can generally start ... Read more >>

Categories: News

Until recently it was a general rule of thumb that the owner benefiting from the works that are the subject of party wall procedures paid the surveyors' fees but a case from 2018 has highlighted a potential exception to that rule. To understand the exception it is first necessary to briefly recap the process by which surveyors are appointed. ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

Schedules of Condition for Party Wall Awards

Thursday, 5th March 2020 | by: Justin Burns

The next step in the party wall process after surveyors (or an Agreed Surveyor) have been appointed is the recording of the condition of the adjoining owner’s property; referred to as a schedule of condition. This is not part of the formal process, as in it’s not referred to anywhere within the Act, but it is routinely done and could prove ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

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