Q - My neighbour has sent me a notice headed Party Wall etc. Act 1996 section 6, about some building work he is doing. I do not agree with the extension he wants to build, it is ugly and too big for our street. If I dissent from the works, can I stop him building it?
Q: I am selling a 2 bed ground floor conversion flat in Hackney, London. Mr buyer’s solicitor says my Freeholder needs to provide a Fire Risk Assessment and Asbestos Management Plan for the building. We don’t have any contact with the building’s Freeholder, so I thought I would arrange these for myself. There is no communal hall. This is bizarre.
Firstly, always remember that the amount you insure your building for has nothing to do with its value or purchase price.
Each property is unique varying by; when the property was built, what materials were used to build it, what condition the property is in and its market value.
If you wish to meet the surveyor at the end of the inspection please let us know at the booking stage so this can be built into your quotation. Arrangements also need to be made with the seller or their estate agent.
During the inspection, the surveyor needs to be undisturbed so he can focus on the job in hand. This will benefit both you and the surveyor and provides for better reporting.
Our surveyors are very happy to discuss the results of their inspection with our clients, within the context of the survey type you have requested.
We recommend that you take time to read the surveyors report carefully, make a written note about anything you wish to discuss about the report and then telephone us on 020 8423 4001. If your surveyor is out on survey (which surveyors often are) leave a message with one of our friendly team when you are available.
If you require a discussion of more than 15 minutes or so (or further communications), please let us know so that time can be booked with the surveyor and fees agreed.
All our Survey Reports are sent by email to you as Adobe Acrobat pdf files. Not only is this ecologically friendly, faster and better value for you, but our clients have found it easier to use - extracting the bits they want to show perhaps their builder or solicitor, rather than sending their bound paper copy.