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January 2013 Newsletter

Property and Building Surveyors

Welcome to the Property Advice Newsletter
Written by Independent Chartered Surveyors
of the UK wide network of Property Professionals

Publication date: 9th January 2013

This month's edition includes the conviction of a prolific construction fraudster, important decisions from the Court of Appeal and Crown Court, a guide to eco innovations in the home with a view to saving you money and a trio of French prisoners who staged an ingenious escape...

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - January 2013
The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the team; collating survey data, statistics, trends and information from the property market. This aims to help many persons with an interest in property gain an accurate view of what is happening in the UK property market as a whole.
To read the monthly fact file, click here.

Chancery Court rules on Tenant’s liability to carry out Reinstatement and Repair Works upon surrender of a Lease
Ref. Baroque Investments Ltd V Heis & Ors (2012)
The Chancery Court was requested to determine the Tenant’s liability to carry out reinstatement and repair works to the premises they formerly occupied, upon surrender of said lease but prior to the expiry of the term. The result was an interesting precedent that explores S. 18 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1927
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Repair works to a chimney. Was the defendant here liable for such works to his surrendered property?

Basic construction error results in £25k+ in fines after tenant nearly poisoned
Ref. HSE v Chesterfield Borough Council [2012]
A case has recently resulted in heavy fines of £25k + for a Borough Council that neglected to give due care and attention to residential construction works, almost costing the life of an unsuspecting tenant…
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Builder convicted in Crown Court after defrauding elderly couple for £365,000 in fake construction costs
A 21 year old fraudster, who had been defrauding the vulnerable since the tender age of 15, has been convicted at Reading Crown Court and sentenced to four years and eight months in a young offenders’ institution for 'cynical, sophisticated, heartless asset-stripping'…
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A new dawn for UK property in 2013?

A New Dawn?
Our View of the Property Market in 2013

A mixed year for the property market in 2012, but what does 2013 have in store? We compile views from market leading companies and independent Chartered Surveyors around the country, to bring you our view on 2013…
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HSE change in gas guidance leads to burden on landlords and homeowners
Changes in guidance from the Health and Safety Executive will lead to new burdens on homeowners and, in particular, landlords to review their gas systems to ensure proper and full access for engineers. Failure to do so could be an expensive mistake…
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Court of Appeal rules on new Adverse Possession case, reinforcing the principles of Zarb v Parry
Ref. Devanney v LB Hounslow [2012] EWCA Civ 1660 and Ref. Zarb v Parry [2011] EWCA Civ. 1306 [2012] 1 WLR 1240
The Court of Appeal has recently ruled on an Adverse Possession case in Hounslow, London, which reinforces an important judicial precedent that legal and property professionals should be aware of.
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Council of Mortgage Lenders Express Cautiously Positive View of 2013
The Council of Mortgage Lenders have released new data which reveals that the market in 2012 greatly outperformed expectations, and forecasts for 2013 that are quietly optimistic for UK property…
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Could mortgage positivity in 2013 boost the UK property market?

Affordable Home Eco Additions that can save you Money – A Guide
With sustainability becoming ever more important in the property and construction sectors, the demand for eco products and services is increasing fast for new builds. Eco innovation is not just for those with ultra modern homes, however, and we discuss below a number of affordable products and services that could both reduce your carbon footprint and save you money.
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What could surround your house in 2013?
Europe’s largest renewable energy plant consisting of half a million solar panels, is set to destroy one homeowner’s scenic views, leaving him feeling like a prisoner in his own home. With solar panels, wind turbines, a perimeter fence and CCTV cameras just 100 yards from his house, the case of Mr Cowley is a warning to us all...
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Dying wish of Sir Patrick Moore set to be granted
Television and astronomy legend Sir Patrick Moore has died, but his legacy lives on as those he left behind look to fulfil his dying wish…
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And Finally....

In case you missed it…..
France’s very own Great Escape - Three French Prisoners break out of 14th century jailhouse… with just a table leg
In the early hours of New Year’s Day, three French criminals staged a daring escape from their crumbling prison in Colmar, France...
To read the whole article, click here.

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