As Chartered Building Surveyors we can assist you with any issue relating to building construction and their use, either as existing or in an alternative use/ design etc.
Listed below are a few Examples of typical works that we undertake and the purposes of them:
Numerous various instructions used to assist with:
- Purchase of properties and valuation
- Identification and remedy of defects
- Possibility of alteration, extension, redevelopment etc
- Recording of condition of properties at start and end of lease, works to adjacent areas.
Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) Audits:
Legislation relates to identifying any 'reasonable steps' that could be taken to ensure that Disabled building users are not prevented from using your property, which is considered to be discriminatory.
Numerous instructions, including advising Brighton & Hove Council on compliance of their Sheltered Housing with the required regulations, and thus commence consideration of costs to upgrade and improve.
Numerous instructions to consider the alteration of Leasehold properties both advising Landlords on what works can be permitted and how these can be limited and controlled , leading to the preparation of a 'Licence', and advising the Leaseholders on the same issues and negotiating with Landlords and assisting with design.
Expert Witness/ HHSRS Surveys:
.We have recently acted as an Expert Witness in the case of a Residents' Management Compnay on whom Medway Council issued a Prohibition Notice to close the property due to eight seperate defects. We successfully argued and won on the seven defects that we disagreed with and the court found in our favour based on my evidence.
Calculation of Insurance Re-instatement valuations to ensure- not over insured and thus overpaying premium, not under insured.
Insurance Reinstatements/ Claims:
Various instructions representing Policyholders where claims are made for flood, fire or other insured damage.
Planned Maintenance Schedules:
Preparation of costed schedules identifying works required over an agreed period and the costs that should be allowed for, thus allowing for informed and professional budgeting for future works. These can be as detailed as required from a simple summary table down to a fully costed and quantified schedule. Click here for an example report.