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Specific Site Inspection in W11

Monday 29th November 2021
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Tayross Associates Chartered Building Surveyors were recently asked to carry out an SSI (specific site inspection) for cracked walls and damp issues in a lower ground floor flat in Elgin Terrace. The back story to…

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Detailed structural survey carried out to a traditional oak framed Tudor style property.

Monday 22nd November 2021
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We at Tayross RICS Chartered Building Surveyors are often asked to carry out surveys on peculiar types of buildings. We had a recent instruction to carry out a detailed building and…

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How to manage the party wall process

Wednesday 10th November 2021
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

1. Whether you like it or not your neighbour is affected by the notifiable works that you do. Early consultation pays off in the long term in ensuring…

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Schedule of dilapidations / Scott’s Schedule carried out to commercial premises in Hendon North West London.

Monday 1st November 2021
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We are often asked at Tayross Associates to act for lessees whose lease has come to an end and they are faced with an extortionate bill for the reinstatement of the property prior to leasing. Some of the clauses…

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When should a building survey be undertaken and what type of survey should you choose?

Thursday 14th October 2021
Emmanuel Blessing BSc Hons

We at Tayross Charted building surveyors receive many enquiries regarding building surveys and whether or not they are necessary. A building survey is an inspection of the condition of a property by a building surveyor,…

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Large detached property in Moorpark.

Friday 24th September 2021
Carl O’Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Tayross associates located in Pinner were recently asked to survey a very large property in Moor Park. We are chartered building surveyors with experience of construction and surveying. In this particular case; the property being a seven bedroom, two gymnasiums,…

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Pine Walk KT24

Tuesday 31st August 2021
Carl O’Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Tayross Surveyors recently conducted a very large survey for a client in Kingston Upon Thames area, (KT24) a town region located in the Surrey county. Although the house appeared very old, it had in fact…

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Ladbroke Grove W10

Monday 23rd August 2021
Carl O’Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Tayross Associates recently completed a survey requested by a Landlord for a schedule of dilapidations for a commercial and residential property in W10 Ladbroke Grove. The landlord was concerned because the leaseholder had converted two of the flats into one…

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Bolton Garden's NW10

Wednesday 18th August 2021
Carl O’Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Survey carried out in August 2021. We at Tayross chartered building surveyors recently carried out a detailed building level three survey at a property in Bolton Gardens. The property was…

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KENNINGTON SE11, DEEP EXCAVATION

Monday 9th August 2021
Carl O’Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We at Tayross Chartered Building and Party wall Surveyors were recently asked to act for an adjoining owner in connection with a large development by Barratt Home's PLC. The development involved the demolition of an existing Tesco store and deep excavation…

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London W12 - The importance of monitoring older structures adjacent to deep excavations.

Tuesday 3rd August 2021
Carl O’Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Tayross chartered building surveyors were recently involved August 2021 in a large subterranean development in West London. An advising engineer was appointed and one…

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Ravensbury Terrace SW18

Monday 26th July 2021
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We recently carried out party wall services for a resident living next to a large building site located in SW18. We were able to advise them that the building works could cause problems to their end…

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What does a Party Wall Surveyor do?

Thursday 17th June 2021
Abbie Reid MSc BA Hons MFPWS

The Surveyor(s) are responsible for preparing a "Party Wall Award" in relation to proposed works on / near the Party Wall, after a Notice has been served. This Party Wall document better known as an Award and it:- …

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ARE MY BUILDING WORKS NOTIFIABLE UNDER THE PARTY WALL ACT 1996?

Thursday 10th June 2021
Lea Streat BSc (Hons)

At Tayross Associates we are happy to receive drawings from Building Owners to advise which works are notifiable and which sections apply under the Party Wall…

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Mid Terraced House

Thursday 27th May 2021
Abbie Reid MSc BA Hons MFPWS

Work Type: Loft conversion, roof terrace and internal alterations. We were appointed by the Building Owners to notify all of the Adjoining Owners…

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Advantages and disadvantages of building a wall astride the boundary.

Wednesday 5th May 2021
Lea Streat BSc (Hons)

Building a new wall astride the boundary is the construction of a new party wall and/or party fence wall. This wall will sit equally astride the…

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PARTY WALL – REAR EXTENSION AND INTERNAL MODIFICATONS IN WEMBLEY

Wednesday 5th May 2021
Abbie Reid MSc BA Hons MFPWS

Property Type: Semi-detached house. Work Type: Rear extension and internal alterations. We were appointed by the Building Owner to notify all of the Adjoining Owners of the proposed works. The Adjoining Owners'…

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PARTY WALL FAQs

Wednesday 31st March 2021
Abbie Reid MSc BA Hons MFPWS

Getting to know the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. 1. What is Section 1 of the Act? This Section of the Act deals with…

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Do I need a detailed building survey when purchasing a property?

Wednesday 31st March 2021
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

My solicitor said in quotes "you cannot buy a property without having a detailed building survey and structural assessment carried out" and "I would recommend Carl O'Boyle…

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Should I get a structural survey done for a large flat?

Tuesday 9th March 2021
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We were asked at Tayross Chartered Building Surveyors to do a detailed building and structural survey to a large ground floor flat in Maida Vale. The reason that you need to do a structural survey on a…

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What is the difference between a homebuyers report and a level 3 structural survey?

Tuesday 9th March 2021
Lea Streat BSc (Hons)

Tayross Associates are regularly asked what the main differences are between a home buyers report and a level 3 structural survey. A Home Buyers Report: This report is formed to give a general overall opinion on the condition of…

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WHY DO TAYROSS CHARTERED BUILDING SURVEYORS DIFFER FROM THE REST?

Tuesday 9th March 2021

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Tayross Chartered Building Surveyors carried out detailed building and structural surveys of three bespoke properties in Northwest London this week.

Friday 5th March 2021
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Carl O'Boyle who was a registered NHBC (National House Building Council) member for 20 years before qualifying as a chartered building…

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PARTY WALL FAQs - Getting to know the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.

Friday 26th February 2021
Abbie Reid MSc BA Hons MFPWS

1. Who is an owner in accordance with the Act? An owner as defined by the Act as anyone having an interest in a property that…

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Detailed Structural Building Survey In Highgate

Monday 15th February 2021
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Tayross Chartered Building Surveyor's recently surveyed a property in Highgate, London, on the 13th of February 2021. This was your typical end of terrace Victorian property which had…

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Making a complaint against a chartered builder or Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors

Thursday 4th February 2021
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Carl O'Boyle currently sits on the Chartered Institute of Building and Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors disciplinary boards which I partake in assessing complaints against the Institute or Faculty members from fellow members of the public. It's important…

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Building Survey Kensington, Chelsea & Fulham

Monday 1st February 2021
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We at Tayross Chartered Building Surveyors are a level above our competitors when it comes to structural survey reports In Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham. In the areas of Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham we…

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Artegan House

Monday 25th January 2021
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Surveying Artegan Houses. We at Tayross chartered building surveyors in Pinner were asked to survey an Artegan house in the Pinner Wood Estate. Generally Artegan houses are very well built, they were built mainly in the…

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Boundaries and Party Walls in Fulham and Stanmore

Friday 15th January 2021
Carl O’Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Tayross Associates; Chartered Building Surveyors were recently involved in a Party Wall project in Fulham where we were acting as the Agreed Surveyor for both parties. As is often the case, sometimes…

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PARTY WALL – REAR EXTENSION AND LOFT CONVERSION IN CENTRAL LONDON

Friday 18th December 2020
Abbie Reid MSc BA Hons MFPWS

Property Type: Mid-terraced Georgian house Work Type: Rear extension, loft conversion and other internal alterations. We were appointed by the Building Owner to notify all of the Adjoining Owners of the proposed works. The…

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Difference between a RICS HomeBuyer report or a full detailed Building Survey?

Friday 18th December 2020
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We at Tayross Associates Chartered Surveyors and Building Consultants often get asked what is the difference between an RICS HomeBuyers report and a full detailed Building Survey (level 3) or…

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Party wall and building surveys in Mayfair, Kensington, Westminster and Chelsea for the A-listers.

Wednesday 16th December 2020
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Tayross Associates building surveyors have been recently involved in several projects for people who's names shall remain Anonymous. In one particular project in Westminster, we were called in to investigate a foul-smelling odour coming from the basement.…

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Detailed structural building survey for a large property in Mayfair before carrying out large-scale refurbishment and building works.

Tuesday 15th December 2020
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We at Tayross chartered building surveyors were recently asked to carry out a detailed building structural survey in Mayfair, prior to an extensive refurbishment works. Carl O'Boyle who leads the team at Tayross has extensive experience of working for…

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Surveying Arts and Crafts Properties.

Tuesday 15th December 2020
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We at Tayross Associates Chartered Surveyors recently carried out a detailed structural building survey to an Artegan Arts and Crafts period house in a conservation area in the Pinner Wood Estate. Artegan houses were…

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PARTY WALL - REMOVAL OF INTERNAL CHIMNEY BREASTS AND CHIMNEY STACK

Tuesday 15th December 2020
Abbie Reid MSc BA Hons MFPWS

Property Type: Recently renovated semi-detached 1930s property. Work Type: Removal of internal chimney breasts and external chimney stack. We were appointed by the Building Owner to notify the Adjoining Owners of the proposed works. The Adjoining Owners' property was a…

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Looking for a Party wall Surveyor in the HA3, HA5 & HA6 areas such as Northwood, Pinner and Stanmore?

Friday 4th December 2020
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

What can I do to protect my property from building works next door in the HA5 and HA6 areas such as Northwood,…

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How do I know if I’ve got serious structural subsidence OR a serious structural issue in the HA5 area?

Friday 4th December 2020
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

This is a question that we at TAYROSS ASSOCIATES LTD chartered CIOB and RICS surveying practice, often get asked by worried homeowners. Homeowners get nervous when they start to see cracks appearing in their…

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Party Wall - Middlesex

Monday 30th November 2020
Abbie Reid MSc BA Hons MFPWS

On this job, the team at Tayross Associate were acting as the Agreed Surveyor for both the Building Owner and the Adjoining Owner. The Building Owners' property located in Pinner, Middlesex (HA5) was a newly constructed structure that was…

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Boilers; Megaflow or Combination

Sunday 29th November 2020
Joshua Pearce BA hons

Tayross view properties of all shapes and sizes and all have different futures ahead. Though one commonality is the boiler, the workhorse of any property. Choosing the correct boiler/system is…

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Interrupting the natural flow of underground streams

Monday 23rd November 2020
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Location: Parkside.-Southwest London-basements November 2020. Issue: interrupting the natural flow of underground streams. Tayross Associates; chartered building surveyors recently became involved in a party wall dispute between…

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The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 – What does the Act cover?

Monday 23rd November 2020
Abbie Reid MSc BA Hons MFPWS

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 came into force throughout England and Wales. It provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes relating to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. Anyone who intends on…

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Dating a residential property

Monday 23rd November 2020
Joshua Pearce Ba Hons

Location: Stanmore Dating a residential property is an important part of conducting a survey. One of the best ways to do this is by looking at the bonding of the brickwork. The bond is the arrangement of brickwork by the…

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What to be aware of when buying a property under high voltages cables connected to pylons as part of the national grid?

Monday 23rd November 2020
Lea Streat _BSc Hons_

Location: Pinner North West London- Structural Survey November 2020. Issue: When conducting a survey a high Voltage cable connected to a Pylon was…

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Damp patch on chimney breast

Monday 16th November 2020
Lea Streat _BSc Hons_

Structural building Survey November 2020 Location: Pinner, North West London Issue: Birds nesting within chimney breasts of unused chimneys causing damp internally Tayross Associates recently undertook a structural survey on a 1930's detached three-bed property. Whilst conducting the initial walk…

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Building Dispute

Monday 16th November 2020
Joshua Pearce _Ba Hons_

Tayross is currently working on a building dispute on a 1930's semi-detached, three-bed property in Northwood. The original project included a side two-storey extension, rear single-storey extension, attic conversion and a complete building remodel; the extent of the…

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Replacing Bressummer

Monday 16th November 2020
Carl O'Boyle _BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS_

Tayross visited a property in Fulham this week, they discovered that the front bay window needed to be rebuilt. This is because the bressummer, a…

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Party Wall - Removal of internal chimney breasts and other internal alterations

Monday 16th November 2020
Abbie Reid MSc BA Hons MFPWS

Property Type: Double fronted mid-terraced house, converted into separate units. Work Type: Removal of internal chimney breasts and other internal alterations. We were appointed by…

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Schedule of Dilapidations in Bishopsgate, London.

Wednesday 4th March 2020
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We recently carried out a Schedule of Dilapidations in a commercial offices in Bishopsgate, London. The client was moving offices due to the implications of Brexit and they needed a valuation…

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Detailed building & structural survey pre-internal remodelling in Mayfair carried out by Tayross Associates Chartered Surveyors

Wednesday 4th March 2020
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Tayross Associates located in Pinner were recently asked to carry out a survey on £100 million property in Mayfair. The purpose of the survey was to determine any remedial works required to…

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Recent Structural Survey carried out in Kensington, London by Tayross Associates Chartered Surveyors

Thursday 13th February 2020
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

London building surveys at outer London prices. The average cost of carrying out a detailed structural survey on an typical £5 million property…

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Recent dilapidations schedule carried out in Soho London by Tayross Associates Chartered Surveyors

Wednesday 8th January 2020
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We recently carried out a Schedule of Dilapidations in central London at Maiden Lane, WC2E 7LJ. The property consisted of a first floor traditional build…

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What is the point of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and how does it benefit me?

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

What is the point of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and how does it benefit me I see as an experienced surveyor different opinions on the question "what…

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What is the importance of a schedule of condition report, sometimes referred to as a partial schedule of condition?

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

A Schedule of Condition is essential! It's like drawing a line in the sand to record the condition of all of the adjoining properties before the building works…

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The Role of a Party Wall Surveyor - What Does a Party Wall Surveyor Actually Do?

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

The term surveyor is defined in the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 as any person who is not party to the works. This means you do not necessarily have to be a surveyor to perform the role of…

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How To Inform Your Neighbours About Party Wall Works

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

It is obviously best to discuss your planned work fully with the Adjoining Owners before you (or your professional adviser on…

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Party Wall Disputes and Neighbours

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

At Tayross Associates we have an enviable record as acting as the Agreed Surveyor for parties engaging in building works…

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How to Keep Party Wall Surveyors Fees Down

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

When serving a Party Wall Notice under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, the last thing you want to do is download a generic notice from the Internet and serve it yourself, unless you know your…

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I Need a Party Wall Surveyor in Pinner

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Pinner is located in the London Borough of Harrow, with early recordings of its existence dating back to 1231 when it was called Pinnora.…

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Section 10 (4) Party Wall Notices – When are they used?

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

A Section 10(4) Party Wall Notices is served when an Adjoining Owner fails after 14 days to respond to an initial Notice. At Tayross Associates, we find there…

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What is an Adjoining Owner?

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, what does "Adjoining Owner" mean? Essentially, an Adjoining Owner is anyone with an interest greater than a yearly tenancy in the adjoining property, or the property next door to your own. The adjoining property may…

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The Pitfalls of Serving Your Own Party Wall Notice

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

The main issue with serving your own notices (often downloaded from Google) is that you're acting as someone who should have experience of Party Wall matters and without this experience…

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Party Wall Injunction & Stay of Works

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

What is a Party Wall injunction or a stay of works? A Party Wall Injunction is obtained by the Adjoining Owner when a Building Owner commences the…

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How can I persuade my neighbour to use one Agreed Surveyor?

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We at Tayross Associates often get asked the question, "How can I persuade my neighbour to use one Agreed Surveyor?" I always say…

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Serving a Notice under the Party Wall Act

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

It is obviously best to discuss your planned work fully with the Adjoining Owners before you (or your professional adviser on your behalf) give notice, in writing, about what you plan…

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The Party Wall Act and Compensation

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Section 7 (2) Compensation According to this section, the Building Owner must compensate for 'any loss or damage which may result to any of them by reason of any work executed in pursuance…

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Finlock Gutters: Their Problems and The Solutions

Thursday 25th July 2019
Enrico Hernandez BSc PGDipSurv MFPWS

Finlock gutters are a concrete guttering system commonly found in properties dated between 1950 and 1970. Mainly manufactured by a company called Royston, several different styles of Finlock gutters were introduced to the housing market and…

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Do I need a Schedule of Condition when taking over a lease?

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

It is essential when taking over the lease from another party that a line in the sand is drawn at this stage as you will become liable for existing defects by inheriting those obligations under the…

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Party Wall Dissent Options

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

It's not unusual for Building Owners to try and convince Adjoining Owners that they only have one option and that is to dissent to the works and appoint an Agreed Surveyor of the Adjoining Owners' choice if they want the…

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The Importance Of A Schedule Of Condition Report

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

party wall schedule of condition A Schedule of Condition is essential! Whilst not actually a legal requirement when it comes to Party Wall…

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Area Guide: Pinner in The London Borough of Harrow

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Pinner is in the London Borough of Harrow and dates back to as far as the 14th Century. Known for its wide tree-lined streets, most of Pinner is considered to be a…

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Builder Dispute in London - Case Study

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

builder dispute in london We were contacted by our clients regarding a dispute they were having with their builder, regarding the workmanship of the…

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What happens if I do not serve a valid Party Wall Notice?

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Should I serve a Party Wall Notice if I'm cutting into the Party Wall for steel beams/What happens if I don't serve Party Wall Notice for these type of works? -- We were recently called into a case where such…

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The importance of a Schedule of Condition/Dilapidations

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We recently had a client that called us to assess a Dilapidation invoice for £70,000 plus VAT in the Middlesex area. Unfortunately, none of the lessees in the listed building and also within a conservation area had had a…

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A Useful Guide to Party Wall Definitions

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Useful Party Wall Definitions It's always useful to understand definitions when it comes to application of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. We at Tayross Associates tend…

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The True Value of a Schedule of Condition for a Commercial Lease

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

It never ceases to amaze me the amount of parties taking on new leases of properties that do not have…

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My Insurance Policy Will Not Cover My Leaking Basement (Battersea)

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Last year we featured a blog post about a leaking basement in a newly refurbished flat in Lavender Hill, Battersea. We are often asked if a detailed building structural…

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Danger/Risk/Hazard of Private Party Wall Agreements

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Private Party Wall Agreements We at Tayross Associates often come across cases where the BO's (Building Owners) have privately agreed works without serving notices on their neighbours. We find that this can be a very risky…

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Latest update and thinking on Schedules of Condition and leases for commercial properties

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

In response to a landlord's request for payment to replace the roof of a listed building, Tayross Associates have been employed…

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Building near to a public sewer

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Building near a public sewer We at Tayross Associates often get that distressing phone call when a Building Owner gets into difficulties with their…

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Building Defect Analysis: Structural damage to stone columns in a bay window of a Victorian house

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We were recently asked by a client to visit a Victorian mid-terraced house in Highgate, London (N6) suffering from structural issues. The client was concerned about vertical cracks running virtually the full height of…

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High/Low Voltage Cable Discovered During a RICS Level 3 Building Survey

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Manhole in garden build over agreement We were recently instructed by our Client to carry out an RICS Level 3 Building Survey on a detached house in Pinner. And as part…

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Recently concluded crane and scaffolding licenses for a development in South West London

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

When carrying out building works, developers, contractors and the like should allow a minimum of 12 weeks lead in to get approval of scaffolding and in particular crane licenses so as…

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Crane and Scaffold Licence in London

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

At Tayross Associates we can provide crane and scaffold licenses for property developers undertaking major building works in and around London. To find out…

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How do I find a cost effective Party Wall Surveyor?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

As a Party Wall Surveyor with 25 years experience in the building industry you get to see all the things that could go wrong when undertaking a building project. I like…

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We have served a party wall notice on our neighbour but they are not responding or replying what should we do?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Try speaking to them about it, in fact it's always a good idea to speak to them before you issue a Notice and then it does not come across so coldly when it lands on their doormat. The owner…

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I have been just served a Notice how do I appoint a Party Wall Surveyor at my neighbour’s cost?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We would first check on the validity of party wall notices at no cost. If you decide that you would like a…

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What do I do with a Party Wall Notice that I have just received from my next door neighbour - should I appoint my own surveyor or should I ignore it?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

If you have received a party wall notice you would be wise to consult a party wall surveyor and subject to the surveyor's advice…

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Who pays for the Party Wall Award? / Who pays the fees?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Who pays for the Party Wall Award? / Who pays the fees? The surveyor (or surveyors) will decide who pays the fees for drawing up the award and for checking that the work has been…

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Can I appoint my Party Wall Surveyor as an “Agreed Surveyor” on behalf of my neighbour?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

What is an "Agreed Surveyor" / What is an "Appointed Surveyor" Under the Act both parties can use the same Party Wall…

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Do I have to pay to build on a Party Wall?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Your agreement with the Adjoining Owner, or the Award in the event of a dispute, will set this out. The general principle in the Act is that the Building Owner who initiated the work…

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Can a building owner act as a Party Wall Surveyor?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

No. The surveyor should have a good knowledge of construction and of administering the Party Wall etc. Act. A qualified building professional with some experience or knowledge of party wall…

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What is a Party Wall Notice?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

When do I serve a Party Wall Notice? / How much notice do I give before starting any building works? Under The Party Wall etc. Act 1996, the "Notice" is the written statement given to…

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Party Wall Act – Informing neighbours about building works?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

How do I inform the Adjoining Owner or owners? / Serving a Notice under the Party Wall Act. It is obviously best to discuss your planned work fully with the Adjoining Owners before you…

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Party Wall - Who is the Adjoining Owner?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Under the Party Wall Act, what does "adjoining owner" mean? Essentially, an Adjoining Owner is anyone with an interest greater than a yearly tenancy in the adjoining property, or the property next door to your own. The adjoining…

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Can I build on a Party Wall?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Where a Building Owner wants to carry out various sorts of work to an existing party wall, then the Act provides them with additional rights which extend beyond ordinary common law…

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The Importance of Dilapidation Schedules

Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We at Tayross Associates located in Pinner Middlesex were recently asked to provide advice on a Schedule Of Dilapidations for Television House in Eastcote for a client. The client had been in occupation of…

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Basement in Harrow

Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Carl O’Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

At Tayross Associates were recently asked to provide party wall services for a basement construction in central Harrow. We are now finding that more and more people in the Harrow area are planning…

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Is it necessary to commission a detailed commercial building survey report when taking over an existing lease?

Wednesday 17th April 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Usually when taking over the lease from another party it is essential to have some sort of Schedule of Condition or Dilapidations Survey so that it is evident which defects were existing before you take over the lease and to…

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RICS Commercial Building Survey in Harrow

Wednesday 17th April 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Overview: Commercial Building Survey in Harrow of an existing high street shop and storage area. Advice given on flat development at rear. - Flat…

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Building Defect Analysis: Structural damage to stone columns in a bay window of a Victorian house

Monday 4th March 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We were recently asked by a client to visit a Victorian mid-terraced house in Highgate, London (N6) suffering from structural issues. The client was concerned about vertical cracks running virtually the full height of two stone columns either…

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