Latest blog posts: Surveying

Party Walls – An Architectural View

Thursday, 23rd March 2017 | by: Peter Barry

The purpose of this post is not to explain the Act but rather to examine how the Act can influence the design of some aspects of the work. To illustrate the point let’s consider a single storey rear extension to a mid-terraced property where the properties to either side have not yet been extended. There are 3 options available in respect of ... Read more >>

Planning the Maintenance and Repair of Flats

Thursday, 23rd February 2017 | by: Shuan Blake

When you own the freehold of a property, you have complete freedom to deal with the scope and timing of maintenance and repairs as you see fit. Owning a property under a leaseholder is a different proposition and brings with it a variety of difficulties/challenges. Essentially, the lease should set out the extent to which the building is ... Read more >>

CLAY SOILS, SUBSIDENCE, HEAVE, TREES AND ROOTS – PART 3

Thursday, 9th February 2017 | by: Peter Barry

In the first 2 parts of this post we looked at history of subsidence and the influence of trees; in this final part we'll cover other contributory factors such as the presence of ground water and variations in climate. Sloping Sites The slope of the site may have a significant effect for a number of reasons. If the site slopes steeply ... Read more >>

CLAY SOILS, SUBSIDENCE, HEAVE, TREES AND ROOTS – PART 2

Friday, 3rd February 2017 | by: Peter Barry

In the first part of this post we looked at the history of subsidence as we know it today and how subsidence related insurance claims. Today, we'll move on to look at exactly what subsidence is and some of the contributory factors. What is ‘Subsidence in Clay Soils? In geological terms clay is a relatively modern deposit and usually ... Read more >>

Clay Soils, Subsidence, Heave, Trees and Roots – Part 1

Wednesday, 25th January 2017 | by: Peter Barry

A Bit of History Anyone who's ever erected a fence in clay soil using timber posts knows that you can hammer these into the ground when the clay is soft and the posts will stand firm but when you check your fence at the end of a dry summer your previously firm posts will have worked loose because the clay soil around them has dried and ... Read more >>

Loft Spaces – Do You Actually Own Yours?

Tuesday, 10th January 2017 | by: Matthew Price

With space in London at a premium and house prices seemingly always rising, extending your property is seen as an attractive alternative to moving. Whilst there are always numerous costs and factors to consider when planning such work, owners of leasehold flats have an even more burdensome task in comparison to their freehold/house owning ... Read more >>

Repairing or Removing Shared Chimney Stacks

Friday, 25th November 2016 | by: Justin Burns

We looked at typical defects to chimney stacks on the blog a few years ago so today I wanted to cover a related topic – what the legal responsibilities of the owners are when it is a shared chimney stack that has been affected. Chimneys tend to be more exposed to the weather than other parts of a property and therefore prone to defects such ... Read more >>

What is a Licence to Alter?

Tuesday, 9th August 2016 | by: Justin Burns

A leasehold owner proposing structural or material changes to their property will generally require the consent of their Landlord under the terms of the lease. Such consent must not be unreasonably withheld but will typically be provided in the form of a written Licence to Alter (or License for Alternations) so that the interests of the Landlord ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Land Registry Compliant Lease Plans

Tuesday, 19th July 2016 | by: Peter Barry

All new leases with terms of 7 or more years or assigned leases with at least 7 years remaining must be registered with Land Registry and to do that a lease plan is required. A Lease Plan is an appropriately scaled metric drawing depicting the land or part of a building over which the lessee has exclusive or shared access. For a Lease Plan ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Writing as the owner of a surveying practice that undertakes a large volume of party wall work I have to say I’m happy that not all party wall notices are consented to but it does concern me how poorly the Act is understood by the general public and how many unnecessary party wall disputes arise as a result of that poor understanding. If you ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

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