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Andrew Nichols

Andrew Nichols


Andrew J Nichols is a Chartered Surveyor and RICS Registered Valuer who has for the past 30 years lived and worked in London, Kent, Sussex and Surrey. As a consequence he has acquired an extensive knowledge of local architecture, construction and repair techniques, conservation methods and local values. Andrew undertakes many of our Homebuyer Reports and Building Surveys in South East London.

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Deed of Variation – A move to fairer Ground Rents?

Back in the middle of 2017, Taylor Wimpey amongst a few others, received blanket bad press for their involvement in the selling of leasehold houses, which included very aggressive ground rents. Headlines such as “£9,000 per year Ground Rent” and “Newlyweds unable to sell home due to legal catch that sees ground rent ... Read More >>

Party Wall Procedures – Alternatives to Injunctions

I have previously written about the option of an adjoining owner applying for an injunction where their neighbour has commenced work covered by the Party Wall Act without serving notice. However, the costs of obtaining an injunction can be significant, may not be recoverable in full and such would only be justified where there ... Read More >>

Why You Can’t Say “You’re Fired!” to a Party Wall Surveyor

Imagine having a job from which you cannot be dismissed - that must be the dream of many people. Well, that is exactly the position that appointed party wall surveyors find themselves in. Section 10(2) of the Act confirms that 'All appointments and selections made under this section shall be in writing and shall not be ... Read More >>

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