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RICS LEVEL 3 + Surveys Offered by Tayross Chartered Building Surveyors

Friday 12th April 2024

Introduction: Tayross Chartered Building Surveyors has recently introduced a new offering - the RICS Level 3+ Survey. This upgraded survey package comes with a range…

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The Importance of Serving Party wall Notices on a Neighbour in Central London and the typical consequences of not serving a notice.

Monday 8th April 2024

In the realm of building construction and renovation, the age-old saying "better safe than sorry" couldn't ring truer when it comes to…

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Exploring Untapped Potential: Stamp Duty Reduction for Uninhabitable Properties in London

Friday 5th April 2024

Introduction: Welcome to Tayross Associates, where we're passionate about uncovering hidden opportunities in the London property market. Today, we're excited to share insights into a lesser-known aspect of property law—one that could significantly impact your investment strategy: the 80% stamp duty…

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Unlocking the Value of Building Surveys: A Cornerstone for Property Investment

Thursday 4th April 2024

In the bustling metropolis of London, where historic charm collides with modern development, ensuring the structural integrity and potential of buildings is paramount. Whether you're a prospective buyer, a…

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Advantages of Using Drones for Resolving Boundary Disputes

Thursday 28th March 2024

In this modern era of technological advancements, drones have revolutionised various industries, including the field of surveying and land management. Tayross chartered building surveyors are now utilising drones as a cutting-edge tool to efficiently resolve boundary disputes. Let's delve into…

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Revolutionising Level 3+ Building Surveys with Drone Technology: Tayross Chartered Building Surveyors Leading the Way

Wednesday 27th March 2024

In the dynamic field of building surveys, staying ahead of the curve is paramount. At Tayross Chartered Building Surveyors, we are proud to be pioneers in harnessing the power of drone technology to conduct structural building surveys that…

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Why Ignoring Party Wall Surveying Could Cost You: A Comprehensive Analysis

Friday 15th March 2024

Introduction: When embarking on construction or renovation projects in London and the surrounding areas, overlooking the importance of party wall surveying can lead to significant financial and legal…

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Party Wall Surveying: How It Could Save You From Legal Disputes

Thursday 14th March 2024

When undertaking construction or renovation projects in London and the surrounding areas, it's essential to understand the importance of party wall surveying. Failing to…

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Why You Need a Building Surveying Company for Contract Administration on Your Building Project

Friday 8th March 2024

Introduction: When embarking on a building project in London or the surrounding areas, it's crucial to enlist the expertise of a reputable building surveying company for effective contract administration. Contract administration plays a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth…

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What Homeowners Need to Know: The Role of Party Wall Surveying in Property Renovations

Wednesday 6th March 2024

Introduction When it comes to property renovations in the vibrant city of London and its surrounding areas, homeowners should be aware of the importance of Party Wall Surveying. This article aims to…

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Breaking Down The Party Wall Act: Why Is It Essential For Your Construction Project?

Friday 1st March 2024

Introduction In the city of London and its surrounding areas, the importance of understanding regulations surrounding property development cannot be overstated. Among these, the Party Wall Act is a crucial one, particularly for…

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Unveiling the Truth: The Significance of Building Surveys in Property Assessment

Wednesday 28th February 2024

1. Identifying Structural Issues: Uncovering Hidden Problems: The Power of Building Surveys Building surveys play a crucial role in identifying structural issues that may not be immediately apparent. Through a comprehensive assessment, qualified surveyors can detect cracks, subsidence, dampness, and other…

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The Vital Role of a Qualified Party Wall Surveyor: 5 Reasons to Hire Tayross Associates

Friday 23rd February 2024

Introduction: Building Bridges: The Importance of Hiring a Qualified Party Wall Surveyor 1. Expert Knowledge and Experience: Navigating the Complexities: The Power of a Qualified Party Wall Surveyor When it comes to…

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ADDRESSING DAMP, CONDENSATION AND MOULD ISSUES AS A RESULT OF POOR VENTILATION, HEATING, INSULATION AND ROOF ISSUES: A BUILDING SURVEYING CONSULTANCY'S INSIGHT TO THE CAUSE OF THESE ISSUES AND CORRECTION

Wednesday 21st February 2024

Recently, we were entrusted by a client to conduct a thorough damp and condensation survey on a property. Upon completing the site visit,…

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Tayross Chartered Building Surveyors: Your Trusted Partner for Cost-Effective Party Wall Processes in Harrow, Pinner, Eastcote, Middlesex

Thursday 15th February 2024

Introduction: Are you planning construction or renovation work that may require a party wall agreement with your neighbour? Tayross Chartered Building Surveyors is your go-to solution for expert guidance and the most cost-effective approach to the party wall…

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Five Important Reasons to Get a Building Survey: How Tayross Associates' Expert Opinion Can Help

Friday 9th February 2024

Introduction: In the fast-paced world of real estate, it's crucial to make informed decisions when it comes to buying or selling a property.…

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Understanding the Roles of Loss Assessors and Loss Adjusters in Insurance Claims

Wednesday 7th February 2024

Introduction: In the realm of insurance claims in the UK, it is essential to grasp the distinctions between two important professionals: the loss assessor and the loss adjuster. These individuals…

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Efficient and Impartial Party Wall Services in Northwood and Stanmore

Friday 2nd February 2024

Introduction: Are you planning construction or renovation work that may affect a shared wall with your neighbours? Look no further! We are a local company providing efficient, fast, and cost-competitive party wall services in Northwood and Stanmore. Our team of…

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Simplifying Party Wall Processes in Harrow, Pinner, Eastcote, and Middlesex with Tayross Chartered Building Surveyors

Wednesday 31st January 2024
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Introduction: Are you planning construction or renovation work that requires a party wall agreement with your neighbour? Look no further! Tayross Chartered…

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Understanding Contracts and Insurance for Building Works: A Guide by Tayross Chartered Building Surveyors

Friday 26th January 2024
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Introduction: When it comes to carrying out substantial building works to your property, understanding the right form of contract and insurance…

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When should a terminal schedule of dilapidations/condition survey be carried out by a tenant on a typical London property?

Monday 22nd January 2024
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

At Tayross Associates, a leading building surveying consultancy in London Pinner, we have extensive experience in handling dilapidation reports for both tenants and landlords. In…

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Understanding Adverse Possession and the Importance of Boundary Reports

Thursday 18th January 2024

Introduction: In the realm of UK land law, the concept of "adverse possession" or "squatter's rights" can have significant implications when it comes to determining the legal…

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WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A TERMINAL SCHEDULE OF CONDITIONS?

Friday 12th January 2024

In the context of commercial property leases in the UK, a Schedule of Dilapidations is a formal document prepared by a landlord (or their surveyor) that outlines breaches of lease covenants relating to the condition of the…

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What are Tenants defences against claims under a dilapidation terminal schedule, and how may they be limited by law, such as under the principle of 'diminution in value' set out in Section 18(1) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1927.

Wednesday 10th January 2024

When faced with claims under a dilapidation terminal schedule, tenants have several defenses they can use. These defenses can be limited by laws such as the principle of 'diminution in value' outlined…

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Understanding the Distinction between Land Registry Plans and Ordnance Survey Plans in the UK

Friday 5th January 2024
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Introduction: In the United Kingdom, Land Registry plans and Ordnance Survey plans play distinct roles and are produced by separate organisations. While they…

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Ensuring Fire Safety: An Overview of EWS Assessments in London Pinner

Thursday 21st December 2023

Introduction: In the wake of the tragic Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017, new regulations were introduced to enhance fire safety measures, particularly regarding cladding in residential and commercial properties. As a building surveying consultancy based in London Pinner,…

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The Importance of a Detailed Damage Report for Building Repairs

Friday 15th December 2023

Introduction: Tayross Associates have recently been asked to review a vacant 65,000 sq ft office building in the heart of London. The building located in Old Street; London was left vacant for several…

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The Importance of Hiring a Chartered Surveyor for Boundary Disputes: A Case Study

Friday 8th December 2023

Introduction: Boundary disputes can be complex and emotionally charged, especially in prestigious areas like Mayfair, London. In such affluent neighbourhoods, land holds significant value, making it crucial to handle boundary…

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Harmonising Design and Construction: Key Insights from Our Covent Garden Presentation for Adair Building Consultancy

Friday 1st December 2023

Introduction: In the vibrant setting of Covent Garden, Tayross Associates had the privilege of presenting to Adair Building Consultancy, a renowned chartered surveying and construction consultancy. Our presentation focused on the crucial topic of harmonising…

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CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION: A KEY ELEMENT IN SUCCESSFUL MAJOR PROJECT WORKS

Friday 24th November 2023
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Introduction: Embarking on major project works can be a complex and daunting task, especially when it comes to managing contracts and ensuring smooth project execution. We will…

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Unlocking the Importance of Accurate Measurement in Commercial Properties

Friday 17th November 2023
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Accurate measurement of the internal areas of your commercial property is crucial for several reasons. Let's take a closer look at why it is important: 1. Space Utilisation and Planning Understanding the gross internal floor area allows architects and…

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Why Hiring Chartered Building Surveyors for a Schedule of Condition Survey is Crucial for Commercial Leasing

Friday 10th November 2023
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Introduction: When considering leasing a commercial property, it's essential for tenants to protect their interests by conducting a thorough assessment of the property's condition. This is where the expertise of chartered building surveyors…

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Understanding Commercial Party Walls: A Guide for Renovations and Changes in Businesses

Friday 3rd November 2023
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Introduction: Welcome to our blog post on commercial party walls and the importance of having a party wall award in place when undertaking renovations or…

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Demystifying Dilapidations: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Schedules

Thursday 26th October 2023
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Introduction: Dilapidations can be a complex and often misunderstood aspect of property leasing and ownership. It is crucial for both landlords and tenants to have a clear understanding…

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When does a physical boundary such as a fence become a legal boundary?

Monday 23rd October 2023
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

In the UK, a physical boundary, such as a fence or a hedge, does not automatically become a legal boundary. A legal boundary is a line…

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High-End Refurbishments: Tayross Associates' Expertise in Protecting High-End Properties

Thursday 12th October 2023

Introduction: Tayross Associates, a renowned chartered building surveyor based in Pinner, Middlesex, with easy access into London; we provide party wall expertise and other surveying services at reasonable very competitive costs in the heart of inner London.…

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Expert Contract Administration: Ensuring Smooth Reconstruction for Insurance works at Pinner Middlesex

Sunday 1st October 2023
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Introduction: At Tayross Associates, we take pride in our expertise in contract administration for building projects. In this blog post, we will share our experience as contract administrators for…

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Do I Need to Notify My Neighbour with the Party Wall Act if the works are separated by a road ?

Friday 29th September 2023

Introduction: Tayross were recently involved in a project adjacent to Belgravia Square in London has long been associated with luxurious properties and ongoing construction projects. As Tayross Associates, a reputable building consultancy…

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The Legal Implications of Not Having a Party Wall Award in Place - Insights from Tayross Associates

Friday 22nd September 2023

Introduction: At Tayross Associates, a leading building surveying consultancy specialising in party wall surveying, we understand the importance of compliance with party wall legislation. As a building owner preparing to…

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Should I Trust My Estate Agent's Recommendation for a Building Surveyor?

Monday 18th September 2023

Introduction: When it comes to purchasing or selling a property, one of the most crucial steps is obtaining a building survey. A building surveyor plays a vital role in thoroughly assessing the condition of a property, identifying potential issues,…

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding the Party Wall Act

Friday 15th September 2023

Introduction: Planning a construction project can be an exciting endeavour, but it's essential to be aware of the legal obligations associated with it. One such obligation is the…

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Mastering Contract Administration: A Tale of Success by Tayross Associates

Friday 8th September 2023

Tayross Chartered Building Surveyors, recently provided a Contractor Administrator role on a £300,000.00 contract for the replacement of roofs, upgrading insulation and masonry repairs located in Heronsgate. The building was occupied whilst works had to be carried out. The project…

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Avoiding stamp duty when buying uninhabitable properties. Why a Building Survey is Crucial: A Case Study of an Uninhabitable House in Notting Hill

Tuesday 29th August 2023

Introduction: In a recent survey conducted by Tayross Associates, a prominent building surveying consultancy, a house in the renowned neighbourhood of Notting Hill was found to be uninhabitable due…

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Buying an Uninhabitable House: Can a Building Surveyor Help You Avoid Stamp Duty?

Friday 25th August 2023

Introduction: Purchasing a new house is an exciting endeavour, but what if the property you have your eye on is deemed uninhabitable? The good news is that you may have a chance to avoid paying stamp duty if a qualified building…

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The Importance of a Party Wall Agreement: What Happens If You Don't Have One?

Friday 18th August 2023

Introduction: Planning any type of construction or renovation project can be an exciting time. However, it's essential to ensure that you have all the necessary legal…

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The Benefits of Selecting an Agreed Surveyor Under the Party Wall Act

Monday 14th August 2023

The Party Wall Act of 1996 is a crucial piece of legislation that provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes concerning party walls, boundary walls, and excavations…

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We at Tayross Chartered Building Surveyors often get asked - What section of the 1996 Party Wall, et cetera act. Entitles me to employ an advising engineer/consultant at the building owners expense ?

Friday 4th August 2023
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Section 10(12) of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 states that "the reasonable costs of any surveyor or engineer appointed under this section shall be paid by the building owner". This means that as an…

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Can security expenses be used to rectify damage in a case where damage is caused to the adjoining owners’ property by the building owners works under the party wall et cetera act 1996 ?

Friday 28th July 2023
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

The Security of Expenses provision in the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 allows a building owner to provide security for expenses that may be incurred by the adjoining owner as a result of the notifiable…

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My neighbour has recently discovered a fence within the thick hedge between our properties and now says that the Boundary is here and not where I have put my fence. Is he right?

Monday 17th July 2023
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Determining the exact boundary between two properties can be a complex and sometimes contentious issue. If your neighbour has discovered an old fence…

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Party Wall - Seeking the advice of an checking / advising engineer

Tuesday 11th July 2023
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Section 10(12) of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 allows an adjoining owner to seek the services of an "advising engineer or other consultant as may be necessary" to assist them in understanding the proposed works and their potential impact…

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Under the Party Wall et cetera act will I incur costs if I refer to the third surveyor as an adjoining owner ?

Thursday 29th June 2023
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, the costs of appointing a third surveyor are usually shared equally between the two parties involved in the dispute. However,…

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Neighbour demolishing their garage Party Wall Matters

Friday 17th February 2023
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

What should I be worried about? If a neighbour serves me a Party Wall notice regarding the demolition of their garage. We at Tayross associates, chartered, Party Wall and Building Surveyors. Often get involved with Party…

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Flood damage to shop

Friday 3rd February 2023
Carl O’Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We at Tayross chartered building surveyors located in Pinner, Middlesex were recently requested by a client to carry out an…

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Stamp duty exempt on uninhabitable properties at purchase

Thursday 26th January 2023
Carl O’Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Carl O'Boyle at Tayross RICS chartered building surveyors was recently asked to do a report on a building that had been bought at auction in London-the essence of the report was …

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Insurance and rebuild values

Thursday 15th December 2022
Carl O’Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We recently at Tayross Associates Ltd building surveyors were instructed to do an insurance rebuild valuation for a large property with six luxury flats in central London. This property had been insured for a value of 10…

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How to make the party wall process run more smoothly at the pre-design stage.

Wednesday 21st September 2022
Lea Streat MFPWS BSc (Hons)

Lea Streat is a qualified Party Wall Surveyor at Tayross Charted Building Surveyors, and she recently gave a presentation to Market Design and Build…

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Tayross Chartered RICS and MCIOB Building Surveyors carried out a level 3 Structural survey on their first late 18th century Chateau in Saint Germaine et Layes, a district just less than 45 minutes commute to Paris on the metro and over ground railway

Friday 15th July 2022
Carl O’Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

The 8 bedroomed / Chambres secluded property - set within its own grounds in beautiful matured landscaped gardens. The main property is set out over four levels, with 4 of the bedrooms within a…

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Carl O’Boyle of Tayross chartered party wall and Building surveyors in Park Street Mayfair.

Monday 23rd May 2022
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Mayfair is a particularly interesting area when it comes to carrying out Party Wall surveys. There are so many varied situations regarding flying freeholds, head leases, subleases, commercials and…

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Mid-16th century timber framed grade II Listed cottage located in Pinner

Monday 4th April 2022

Tayross chartered building surveyors located in Pinner recently surveyed a mid-16 century oak framed cottage. This property was built in the same era In 1549 when Henry the eighth had just died and…

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The importance of a pre-party wall inspection before the service of notices-Grosvenor Square in London.

Monday 14th March 2022
Jordan Misan

The importance of a pre-party wall inspection; before the service of notices-Grosvenor Square in London, in this particular situation cannot be under estimated. Carl O'Boyle of Tayross Associates-chartered building surveyors were recently involved in a project just of Grosvenor Square in…

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Saving the Building Owner costs when acting as the agreed surveyor in SW10.

Wednesday 16th February 2022
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

I recently carried out a party wall services in Finborough Road London SW10. Which resulted in very significant cost savings for the Building Owner and lots of very helpful advice for the Adjoining…

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Tayross chartered building and party wall surveyors get involved with the largest collection in London of science fiction books in a Caledonian Road N1 1DR basement library.

Friday 14th January 2022
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

In January 2022; Tayross was involved in a party wall project in Caledonian Road. Part of this project contained one of the largest collection of science fiction books in London which needed our…

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What do I do if I have a defective installed building product for which the company will take no responsibility for or the company has gone into liquidation.

Tuesday 11th January 2022
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Tayross Associates chartered RICS building surveyors were recently instructed to inspect a very expensive door that had been wrongly installed and was proving to be defective. The client was a consumer under…

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11 Essentials for Architects/Technicians to be aware of when preparing drawings for Party Wall purposes

Monday 13th December 2021
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

See link below. https://www.dropbox.com/s/jcbchu50qyzaznk/Tips%20for%20architects%20-%20drawingsREVA.pdf?dl=0

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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 this survey was that the…

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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 structural defects survey on a…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 a Late Victorian on…

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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…

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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 of the…

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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 of terrace Victorian property because…

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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…

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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…

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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 of…

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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 boundary. There are many advantages to building a shared party wall 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…

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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 new buildings on the line of junction. 2. What is a line of junction? An imaginary…

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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 of Tayross associates to carry out such a survey." This was one…

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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 leasehold…

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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…

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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 surveyor now…

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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 is greater than 1 year i.e. not an Assured Shorthold Tenant (AST). 2. How do you know who…

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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 been modernised over…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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 the position of the boundary can…

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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…

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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)…

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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. Upon further investigation,…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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, Stanmore and Pinner…

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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 property that…

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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…

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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 vital, get it wrong, it's a shower that can match…

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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 neighbours in Parkside Gardens Southwest London. The issue at hand was…

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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 carrying…

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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…

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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 noted running over the property. …

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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…

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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…

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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 common form of support for brickwork above bay windows, had…

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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 the Building Owner to notify all of the Adjoining Owners of the…

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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 to return the premises to pre-lease condition. We were able to…

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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 the envelope and structure of the…

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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 …

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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…

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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 is the point of…

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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 begin and it is essential for…

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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…

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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 your behalf)…

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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 and handling Party…

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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…

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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…

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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 are a number of reasons why an Adjoining…

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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,…

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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 it's…

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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 notifiable work to their…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 matters, it is strongly advised as it's like drawing a…

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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…

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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 works that were carried out and a pricing 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…

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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…

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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 to talk in plain language when discussing issues with Building Owners or Adjoining Owners…

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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 a schedule of their existing condition carried out before signing the lease. We…

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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 survey is necessary when buying into newly refurbish properties containing…

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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…

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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 by tenants of…

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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 building works. Recently…

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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 two stone columns either side of a…

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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 of our…

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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…

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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 more about this service, please call us on 0208 426…

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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 to think that as a…

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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…

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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 "party wall award" drawn up and for me to act on your…

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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…

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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…

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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 Surveyor to draw up the Award if they so wish. This person is known as…

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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…

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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 matters is the best option. The Faculty of Party…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 roof issues. -…

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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 side of a…

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Party Wall enclosure costs for basements - What you need to know

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

Tayross Associates recently worked on a job in inner London where we were asked to calculate the enclosure cost for an existing retaining party wall originally built by the Adjoining Owner. We were successful in convincing the adjoining owner's…

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