Latest blog posts: Surveying

Essex Barn Renovation

Friday, 28th June 2013 | by: Justin Burns

Having talked about it for many years my family and I ‘escaped to the country’ in October last year; specifically to a converted barn on the edge of a little Essex village. When we started our search we laid down certain criteria, the property had to be: Within a 1 hour drive of Peter Barry’s North London office. In a rural ... Read more >>

A New Way to Resolve Boundary Disputes

Friday, 5th April 2013 | by: Justin Burns

You’ve probably read newspaper articles about warring neighbours who’ve spent tens of thousands of pounds going to court over a 6 inch strip of land.  Until now boundary disputes have been dealt with by the courts and the lack of a statutory framework means that costs often escalate to level well in excess of the value of the land that is ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

The Benefits of Extending Your Lease in Good Time

Friday, 9th November 2012 | by: Peter Barry

If you own a flat or maisonette it is almost certainly held on a lease. The original term of the lease is likely to have been 99 or 125 years and there will be provisions for the Landlord to collect ground rent every year at an amount that will normally increase throughout the term of the lease. As the remaining term of the lease reduces so ... Read more >>

Subterranean Development Bill

Saturday, 4th August 2012 | by: Justin Burns

The Subterranean Development Bill was originally an amendment to the Localism Bill sponsored by Lord Selsdon and drafted by members of the Pyramus & Thisbe Club. The driving force behind the bill appears to be resident associations in affluent areas of London such as Belgravia and Highgate where many members of the House of Lords have ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

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 >>

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