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Japanese Knotweed… Ignore this plant at your cost

Tuesday, 19th June 2012 | by: Peter Barry

Over the last couple of years I have noticed that Japanese knotweed has received an increasing amount of press coverage, the reports always seem to have similar characteristics and usually follow the same pattern:After struggling to save up enough money and seemingly against all odds a young couple view a property, decide it’s the one for ... Read more >>

Lease Extension – The Process after your Valuation

Wednesday, 13th June 2012 | by: Peter Barry

In past blogs I have covered the many issues in regards to extending or acquiring a new lease; however most of these have only taken us as far as the point of valuation. This blog will focus on the statutory process once your surveyor has produced his report and also look to highlight some potential pitfalls.The first step to initiate the ... Read more >>

Light Issues and the Party Wall Act

Thursday, 31st May 2012 | by: Peter Barry

Many adjoining owners wrongly assume that a potential injury to their light is a matter that should be discussed by the appointed surveyors.I say ‘wrongly’ because Section 9 of The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 makes it clear that nothing in the Act shall ‘authorise any interference with an easement of light or other easements in or relating ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Party Wall and Other Disputes

Wednesday, 2nd May 2012 | by: Peter Barry

This is a guest post by our colleagues at Darlington Solicitors.As solicitors, we know that it’s hard enough for any business or individual to keep up with legal developments, but it’s also important to recognise the legal principle that ignorance of the law is no defence.The fact is that in statutory areas like the Party Wall etc. Act ... Read more >>

Loft Conversion Guide – Part 2

Tuesday, 1st May 2012 | by: Peter Barry

A few posts ago now I talked about some of the legal aspects of loft conversions, such as Planning Consents and Building Regulation Approvals.  In this post I am going to look at some of the practical aspects of designing and building loft conversions.The first practical aspect will be to look at whether there is enough space in the loft to ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Marketing a Property With a Short Lease

Friday, 13th April 2012 | by: Peter Barry

We often receive enquiries from leaseholders who either have their property on the market or are planning to do so, and have just discovered the implications of having a short lease. Quite often in my experience, estate agents when first acquiring a flat on their books will underplay the impact of a shorter lease. Click through any number of ... Read more >>

I recently received an email from an owner who wanted me to look at a party wall award he’d recently received from his appointed surveyor and tell him what my fee would be for producing an identical document.Now, assuming that he was not enquiring about photocopying services the request made no sense but being the curious type I dug a bit ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Case Study – How Using a Professional can save you Money

Wednesday, 26th October 2011 | by: Peter Barry

We’ve written quite a few posts over the last few months on how the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 works in principle, so we thought it was probably about time to look at a ‘Real World’ example and show how you can benefit from taking professional advice at an early stage.As they always say in these cases, ... Read more >>

Reach for the Sky? – Your Loft Conversion Guide

Friday, 21st October 2011 | by: Peter Barry

What do you do these days if you live in London and need additional space? Moving to a larger property might be out of the question for a number of reasons and many London properties have such small gardens that a traditional ground floor extension might not be practical.One possible, and increasingly popular, solution is to extend upwards ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

An Overview of Section 12 of the PWA – Part 2

Thursday, 29th September 2011 | by: Peter Barry

In the first half of this post I looked at how Section 12 of the Act, relating to Security for Expenses, is administered. I explained how such a request is made and the logistics of setting up a fund.In this final part I will look at when it is appropriate to make a request and how the level of security should be determined.The purpose of ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

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