Our specialist team works with associated professionals to advise developers, funders, private landlords and RSLs in the valuation, economic viability, acquisition, planning including section 106, design and development processes.For existing stock we advise in respect of stock valuations, property management and condition reporting. Our Building and Design team advises on refurbishment improvement and redevelopment.
Asset Management Support
We work with in-house Asset Managers and niche Asset Management companies acting for clients who want to ensure the best price is achieved but within an acceptable time frame. This service is for lenders who are not seeking a quick sale with minimum expenditure in the hope of retaining recovery elsewhere. Our service is predicated on offering speedy but well researched advice on how to optimise asset value in a timely fashion.
Relationships with neighbours can easily become acrimonious. Issues surrounding the ascertainment of where a boundary lies and who is responsible for a boundary fence or wall is a prime cause for disputes between neighbours which can escalate to the point that it mars the enjoyment of the ownership of your home. Resolving such disputes can be drawn out and expensive and the costs of resolution frequently exceeds the actual land value involved as the matter becomes a point of principle between warring neighbours.
Charities Act (Section 36)
Section 36 (4) of the Charities Act 1993 requires that Trustees of English and Welsh Charities who wish to dispose of land or property should obtain a written report from a qualified surveyor.
Working in association with the Institute of Legacy Management, we have prepared a shortened form report to comply with the Act. Our valuation service for Charity Act purposes is provided throughout England and Wales.
Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
If freely negotiated purchases do not prove successful, Government Departments, Statutory Bodies and Local Authorities are frequently able to resort to the use of Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO). Powers of compulsion derive from various Acts of Parliament depending on the circumstances, the framework for compulsory acquisition and compensation being mostly codified in the Land Compensation Acts 1961 and 1973 and the Compulsory Purchase Act of 1965. In many instances however, governmental bodies endeavour to purchase property by negotiation before resorting to a CPO.
Estate Agency, Auctions & Letting
Our Asset Management division advises clients throughout England and Wales in respect of disposal of property by sale or letting. Impartial advice is given in finding suitable agents although we have many associated businesses that have Estate Agency and Letting Agency offices.
Our Panel of Expert Witness surveyors have obtained accreditation from BlueBox Partners and are experienced in providing pre-litigation advice to clients and their solicitors in respect of residential and commercial property issues, building condition and survey issues as well as specialist areas.
Leasehold Reform Act & Lease Extensions
The Leasehold Reform Act 1967 and the Leasehold Reform, Housing & Urban Development Act 1993 provide the framework for claims for the freeholds of both houses and blocks of flats, as well as statutory 90-year lease extensions for tenants in flats held under long leases.
Our specialist surveyors in this field advise in respect of the value of the interest involved and the amounts to be paid in negotiation. They will act on behalf of clients to negotiate terms and if necessary represent parties at the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal and Lands Tribunal.
Listed Buildings and Conservation Advice
We have a team of Chartered Surveyors of who have a particular interest in building conservation and who specialise in sympathetic restoration and planning advice in respect of listed buildings and buildings in conservation areas.
Party Wall Act
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 codifies the rights and responsibilities of owners and occupiers each side of the dividing wall (or floor).
Development rights not requiring Planning Consent do not avoid the provisions of the Party Wall Act and likewise obtaining Planning Consent or Building Regulation Approval does not negate the requirements of the Act.
As part of our Asset Management support service we offer short term property management solution throughout England and Wales.
Where long term property management is required either for residential or commercial property we will be pleased to recommend the services of local partners or associates who can offer a range of management services to suit clients requirements.
Re-instatement Cost Advice for Insurance Purposes
All of our surveyors are experiences in providing re-instatement advice be it for commercial or residential property. In addition to BCIS computer aided formulae surveyors have a good working knowledge of property construction types to ensure that re-instatement cost advice is a fair reflection of true costs without providing an unrealistic over insured margin of error.
For most people, buying their home is their largest single investment and most important purchase. Thus, it is vital to know of any pitfalls or problems likely to arise which could be expensive to remedy. You may get a copy of an inspection report carried out for your mortgage: don’t forget this is just a valuation for the loan, it is not a survey!
Valuations for Banks and Building Societies
The company is an associate member of the Council of Mortgage Lenders and is appointed to the panels of most Building Societies and other mortage lenders.Simultaneous Homebuyer reports or other surveys can be arranged but most lenders require that it is they who instruct the vauer, not the applicant so please check with your lender if you’d like us to carry out the mortgage valuation at the same time as your survey.Read more…
Valuations for Probate Taxation and Family Purposes
HM Revenue and Customs recommend that a professional valuer should be retained to advise in respect of the value of land and property comprised in a deceased’s estate.
Usually acting for the executors (who would normally be able to recover the costs from the estate), our surveyors ensure that a fair market value figure is provided for probate and inheritance tax purposes and that this reflects the condition of the property, market conditions at the date of death etc.