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Dealing with Unregulated Changes

Tuesday, 15th November 2016 | by: Justin Burns

Alterations to properties that do not have Building Regulation approval have the potential to fatally derail the conveyancing process and cause the parties to incur wasted costs if not addressed early. It’s an area where solicitors, surveyors and agents should work together to try and find a solution which will allow the sale to ... Read more >>

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In the Words of Queen Elsa, “Let It Go”

Tuesday, 15th November 2016 | by: Justin Burns

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of helping to man the RICS’s Party Wall Helpline is the calls I receive from irate neighbours. I regularly hear stories of falling debris that ‘literally could have killed someone’, builders working such long hours that they should be on the property’s electoral roll and one memorable call from a lady ... Read more >>

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A large proportion of our work relates to resolving disputes under the Party Wall Act. If you are familiar with the Act you’ll know that an appointed surveyor performs a statutory function and has a duty to remain impartial. A surveyor doesn’t have clients (they are ‘appointing owners’) and does not provide a service and in most cases ... Read more >>

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Solicitor’s Guide to Reading Survey Reports

Saturday, 5th March 2016 | by: Justin Burns

As I was coming to the end of a Homebuyer inspection of a terraced property last autumn I decided to take a wander down the shared access path at the ends of the gardens and found that the owner of the next but one house had taken the rear fence down and effectively annexed the piece of land behind it. I knew that the buyers were planning a rear ... Read more >>

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Why Surveyors Rarely go to the FTT

Saturday, 5th March 2016 | by: Matthew Price

In my day to day role which includes providing potential clients with fee quotations I am often asked as to the likely costs of going to Tribunal. The simple answer to this question is not one the client wants to hear as an appearance can last anywhere between half a day through to two days (although rarely the former) and that is after you have ... Read more >>

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Email Etiquette for Professionals

Saturday, 5th March 2016 | by: Justin Burns

I was recently appointed to agree a party wall award with another surveyor whom I had not worked with before. He sent me the usual formal letter confirming his appointment and I responded by email, being my preferred method of communication, but otherwise adopted his formal tone. He started his reply by suggesting that, as we were now using email, ... Read more >>

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