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Neighbours and Building Works

Neighbours and Building Works

Wednesday, 09 December 2020 by
Having building works carried out next door is sometimes noisy and inconvenient. Although most proceed without problems for neighbours, some do escalate into complex issues, and one should be prepared for this. Extensions and Loft Conversions If your neighbour has deposited plans for a home extension or a loft conversion, then this may, in some
Dampness and condesnation
This article outlines some of the more common building defects and issues relating to dampness and condensation. It is relevant to residential, commercial and industrial buildings.     What is ‘Damp’? From a human perspective, whether a wall, ceiling, or floor is ‘damp’ is partly subjective. In many cases, dampness is often only noticed after
This article outlines some of the more common defects in buildings and property related to timber decay, and similar issues. It is relevant to residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. In the construction of buildings, we take timber for granted; it is used for a wide variety of applications, from structural members, (such as beams and
Party Wall Compensation and Inconvenience
Do you know which section of the Party Wall Act is the most likely to come across a litigator’s desk? It’s section 7(2)! According to this section, the Building Owner carrying out any form of work in pursuit of this Act will have to compensate for any loss or damage faced by Adjoining owner or
Building insurance reinstatement
Introduction Incidents and catastrophic events to a business or home come at a time when you least expect them. That is when you need to look up your dusty insurance documents, to see who are the insurers that you need to contact, and what sort of cover you have in the policy, in the event
Slumping of asphalt skirting allows water ingress
This article outlines some of the more common building defects and issues relating to flat roofs. It is relevant to residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.       Flat Roofs and Ponding Firstly, ‘flat roofs’ are rarely flat, and most incorporate gradient falls of around 1 in 60 to 1 in 80, in order to
a property surveyor on site
Complying with the rules of the Party Wall Act 1996 is a prerequisite if you want to make alterations to the wall you share with your neighbours or undertake excavations close to their property. You will need to serve them with written notice of your intention to carry out those works.   How it Works
Insurance Reinstatement Cost Assessments
Whether you own a single property or have a diverse portfolio, you must know about reinstatement cost assessments. What’s your first priority when you get a property in your name? To get it fully insured for covering the cost of rebuilding, right? Let’s get real, this is only possible when you know exactly what the
Acting as Adjoining Owner’s party wall surveyor our client was concerned about the effect a new block of flats development with a double basement would have on their existing residential block. The new building is to be located immediately adjacent to the existing. Such development no doubt presented immediate concerns in respect of structural stability
Flood and Escape-of-water Insurance Reinstatement
Dealing with A Flood or Escape of Water Insurance Claim A flood in residential or business premises can be devastating.
Building Insurance Reinstatement Project
Why use Arun Associates for major-loss insurance reinstatement claims? Dealing with a major insured-loss
Worried about property damage and insurance reinstatement?Here’s everything you need to know about property damage caused by
Don’t think housing disrepair matters in the UK need to be taken seriously? Hold.
Are you a landlord looking for guidance on how to handle housing disrepair matters?
It’s not unusual for tenants to want to make a few structural changes to a property on lease.
Receiving your Party Structure notice You arrive home to find a notice which is in the form of a letter, under The Party Wall etc Act 1996. You are classed by your neighbour, who is intending to carry out some work, as an ‘Adjoining Owner’. Your neighbour, the person carrying out the works, then becomes
Flood and Escape-of-water Insurance Reinstatement
Dealing with A Flood or Escape of Water Insurance Claim A flood in residential or business premises can be devastating. Most freeholders/owners of premises have buildings and contents insurance, but some may have inadequate cover so it pays to check. Some may have no cover. Leaseholders may have buildings insurance via their landlord, recovered through

Fire Insurance Reinstatement

Friday, 27 September 2019 by
Dealing with A Fire Insurance Claim A fire in residential or business premises can be devastating. Most freeholders/owners of premises have fire insurance, but some may have inadequate cover. Some may have no cover. Leaseholders may have fire insurance via their landlord, recovered through a service charge, at least for the buildings. The process of
Building Owners may wish to carry out works on, or adjacent to party walls, and this may affect neighbouring properties, termed Adjoining Owners. This is taken from The Party Wall etc Act 1996. One situation discussed in the Video, ( Video 7 in the series), is where a neighbour wishes to build up against the

Basements and The Party Wall etc Act 1996

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 by
There are many reasons why people are requesting basement developments, particularly in Towns and cities where land may be scarce and expensive. Some may have an existing basement but the height is too low for using it as a habitable room, and would require enlargement. Others see basements as an opportunity to create additional living
This video looks at the issues when Building Owners wish to carry out underpinning and structural repairs close to neighbouring properties. The relevance of the Party Wall etc Act 1996 is explained. Nick Huband, structural and forensic building engineer, of William J Marshall and Partners, is interviewed by Neil Thind, Managing Director of Arun Associates,
Worried about property damage and insurance reinstatement? Here’s everything you need to know about property damage caused by an insured risk! Property Damage or Destruction Caused by Insured Risk Both residential and commercial property owners are potentially vulnerable to unexpected events affecting their homes and offices/industrial/retail units. These may include fire, escape of water, flooding,
Don’t think housing disrepair matters in the UK need to be taken seriously? Hold. Picture this: you have signed up to a new tenancy agreement and moved into a gorgeous flat. Even the rent is affordable! You think you’ve sealed a pretty great deal until you move in and notice that the kitchen smells like
Are you a landlord looking for guidance on how to handle housing disrepair matters? Are you afraid that your career may be at stake because of a tenant making false claims against you? We’ve got you covered! According to Public Law Today, a 2017 BBC research revealed that the number of housing disrepair claims brought by
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