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  • Party Wall Exploitation

    13 July 2017
    There have been growing concerns that the Party Wall Act is being used to delay building projects. The Party Wall Act, which seeks to regulate work that affects a shared wall between neighbours and sets outs the procedure that parties have to go through to resolve any issues, has recently...
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  • Edwards v Kumarasamy 2016

    10 April 2017
    There is a long held notion that landlords are not liable for external area repairs nor liable for disrepair unless they have been notified by their tenant. At first, Edwards v Kumarasamy appeared to challenge these assertions and thus the scope of prominent disrepair legislation - the Landlord...
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  • Housing Disrepair cases on the rise

    10 April 2017
    Housing disrepair can become a serious problem when a landlord fails to maintain or carry out necessary repair works to their property. This has always been a significant housing issue however there has recently been a rise in the number of housing disrepair claims despite drastic cuts to Legal Aid...
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  • International Investors Dash to UK Property Market

    21 August 2015
    According to a Guardian article published in May 2015, as the shock of the Conservatives election win stopped fears of a mansion tax on £2million plus homes, estate agents have been reporting calls from buyers at the top end of the property market.
    The managing director of...
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  • Property Professionals Encouraged to Provide Input into New Property Measurement Standard

    21 August 2015
    The IPMS website states currently, the way that property assets, such as homes, offices or shopping centres are measured varies a great deal. For example, in some parts of the world it is common practice to include lift shafts and communal hallways in floor area measurements, whereas in others...
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  • Planning to Extend Your Home?

    25 July 2013
    While building an extension isn’t a cheap process and it will take some time, it's often better than having to move home when you have outgrown its current one. Depending on your home's layout and as long as the new layout complies with building regulations, a ground-floor extension can be...
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  • Party Wall Matters: Failure to respond or negotiate before proceedings can prove costly.

    11 July 2013
    The Court of Appeal has considered whether a successful Defendant should be punished as to costs due to unreasonable behaviour on its part (The Claimants in these proceedings are the owners or tenants of various premises in in Camden, London. The Defendant, Mr Eziefula, is the owner of adjoining...
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  • Party Wall Act - Building Owners Part 1

    28 June 2013
    Building Owners - Part 1
    Work on existing party walls (section 2 of the Act)
    What are my rights under the Act if I want to do work on an existing party wall? The Act provides a Building Owner, who wishes to carry out various sorts of work to an existing party wall, with...
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  • Building Surveying Jobs

    08 March 2013
    Building Surveying Jobs (Chartered & Non Chartered) March 2013: USL is a professional consultancy with an expanding client base and are currently looking for freelance Building Surveyors, both chartered and non-chartered to support this work. As an organisation we provide clear systems to...
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  • Schools - Capital Funding

    01 March 2013
    Ministerial Statement on school capital funding
    1st March 2013
    Today the Government announced details of the capital funding of around £4billion that will be made available to create new school places and to carry out maintenance and repair work to existing school...
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  • Party Wall and Boundary Disputes

    07 February 2013
    MP proposes new boundary disputes resolution procedure
    A new dispute resolution procedure should be created to allow individuals to resolve disagreements with their neighbours quicker and more cheaply than if they had to resort to the courts, an MP has said.21 Nov 2012
    Topics...
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  • Party Wall Cases

    07 February 2013
    Worth a read, if you are involved in Party Wall work, have a look at ‘The Party Wall Casebook’ by Paul Chynoweth. It is available in paperback and presents over 80 cases, which define the courts’ approach to the party wall etc. Act 1996, and the related common law rules. The...
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  • End of the line for city's bus station

    20 November 2012
    City chiefs in Lancashire have decided in principle to demolish Preston's main bus station with private developers already expressing an interest in the site.

    The nine-storey station, known for its 'Brutalist' architecture, would require up to £23m to regenerate, according to...
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  • Building surveyors in high demand

    20 November 2012
    An emphasis on maintaining and improving existing stock means building surveyors could be in high demand during tough economic times. By Will Mann. The market for building surveyor jobs is unusual among construction professions in that, during a recession, it is relatively...
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  • RICS housing market forecast 2013

    20 November 2012
    RICS housing market forecast 2013. House prices in the UK will see an increase of 2% over the course of next year while the cost of renting a home should rise by around 4%.

    Although challenging times are still ahead for the nation’s economy, 2013 may see some slight...
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