Peter Barry’s dedicated party walls team are on hand to assist with your Clapham building project. If you’re planning works that fall within the scope of the Act, you’re welcome to call us for some free advice and a fee quote. Equally, if you’ve received a notice and are deciding how to respond we’ll be happy to talk you through the pros and cons of the different options.
Another specialist area is lease extensions and freehold enfranchisement. If you are planning to extend the lease of your Clapham flat or collectively purchase the freehold we can advise on how to instigate proceedings and calculate the compensation that is likley to be due to the freeholder.
Party wall procedures become considerably more complicated when one of the adjoining properties has been converted in to flats. Every affected adjoining owner with an interest of 12 months or more is entitled to a notice and can therefore dissent to that notice and appoint their own surveyor.
This was the case with a terraced house to the west side of Clapham Common where the building owner was planning to extend into the basement. Having downloaded the relevant Title Registers, our surveyor Justin Burns established that the property to the left consisted of 2 flats with each leasehold also owning a share of the freehold. In this scenario we notify the joint freeholders in advance as it gives us more control of the process. The joint freeholders appointed their own surveyor but, being generally satisfied with the process, were happy to consent in their capacity as leaseholders. The building owner was also happy with Justin’s efforts which he described as “Constructive, proactive, and user friendly”.READ THE FULL REVIEW
One of our Senior Surveyors Shaun Blake was instructed to carry out an inspection on a property on The Chase in Clapham. This was a flat in a large semi-detached house which had been divided into four flats.
Given advice as to the options, our client decided that a Level 2 survey would most suit their requirements as considered the most cost effective option.
Issues identified included various external building maintenance concerns such as a need for safe external guardrailing, overhaul of gutters and downpipes, external redecoration and some associated rainwater penetration around windows. Internally issues of concern identified included the need for safe glazing and improvement to fire safety both within the flat and to the common parts.
The client kindly left us a review stating: “Friendly and efficient service”Read the full review
Clapham is a vibrant part of South West London with Balham to the south, just across the Common, and Brixton to the east. The area is a hub of activity with plenty of things to see and do but also offers green areas to relax in when it’s time for a break.
Clapham offers many fascinating landmarks and buildings including the Clapham Grand, a stunning Victorian music hall that has been restored back to its former glory. The Grade II listed venue attracts top class talent which, over the years, has included Oasis and the Kinks. The ‘old town’ in Clapham is picturesque area with quaint streets and charming cafes
One of Clapham’s standout features is its abundance of green spaces including the Common, a beautiful parkland that offers a peaceful retreat form the hustle of the city.
The area is well served by both buses and trains. The main station in the area is Clapham Junction from where you can reach destinations across London and beyond.
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