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March 2013 Newsletter

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

Publication date: 12th March 2013

This month's edition includes a landmark Supreme Court ruling with implications for all landlords, a threat of changes to an ancient law, a potentially messy judicial review for Mr Pickles and a set of tunnels stretching for miles under Liverpool....

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - March 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.

Landmark case as Supreme Court comes down on the side of Landlords with regards to Service Charges and Statutory requirements
Ref. Daejan Investments Limited (Appellant) v Benson and others (Respondents) [2013] UKSC 14
The Supreme Court has ruled against the prior decisions of the Upper Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, coming down on the side of landlords in a case that scrutinised the funding processes for works on tenanted properties. The result is a landmark precedent for the future and a boon to landlords seeking to repair their properties without footing the entire bill.
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Repair works to a chimney. Was the defendant here liable for such works to his surrendered property?

Law Commission Consults Once More on Rights to Light
Principles of Ref. HKRUK ll (CHC) Ltd v Marcus Alexander Heaney [2010]
In a consultation that opened on 18th Feb, the Law Commission is asking for views on the current law on rights to light; including on the creation of the easement, enforcement and on it being extinguished. With the Government pushing for greater levels of development, could an oft reviewed ancient law fall by the wayside at last?
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Pickles faces imminent Judicial Review over Scrapped Efficiency Rules
Eric Pickles MP faces imminent legal action against his decision to scrap the ‘Consequential Improvements’ policy which sought to bring about more energy efficient homes, despite 82% of respondents to the consultation being in favour...
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A new dawn for UK property in 2013?

Warning over liabilities of Wind Turbines as 111 ft monster topples in Devon
Following the collapse of a giant 111ft wind turbine, the manufacturer has issued a warning that 29 more of its installations could be suffering from the same issues. The threat of breakage and third party damage brings to light issues surrounding insurance, and the possibility of messy civil actions in the future..
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£10,000 a day subsidy to keep wind farms switched off
Whilst one group raises concerns about the safety aspect of wind turbines (see above), others have highlighted the massive payments the National Grid is having to pay wind farm operators to switch off – even during good winds.
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Has Anti-Social Behaviour Met Its Match?
A scheme being piloted around the country seeks to introduce a ‘community trigger’ that will help communities combat anti-social behaviour. The results so far haven’t been promising. We look both at the system proposed as was, and what critics want to see changed.
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Reasons to be Optimistic about the Property Market
The British media can be rather selective when it comes to reporting the news, and much of what has been reported recently regarding the UK property market has been negative. It’s not all doom and gloom though and below we take a look at three positive stories that have hit the news in the last month…
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As English Heritage Celebrates an Important Centenary, Monuments Up and Down the Country are Still Disappearing
On the 100 year anniversary of the first real precursor to English Heritage, we take a look at the serious deterioration of artwork installed on Britain’s buildings and what English Heritage and others can do to stop it…
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Changes to Competent Person Schemes may have gone unnoticed
Several changes made last year to Competent Person Schemes may have gone unnoticed, leaving businesses at risk of not being able to certify their work. We also look at why, as a consumer, you should be looking for Competent Persons.
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And Finally....

In case you missed it…..
Vast ‘Labrynth’ of Tunnels under Liverpool Unearthed
A vast network of tunnels, stretching for miles underneath metropolitan Liverpool, is being steadily unearthed – finally revealing the mystery of a businessman embroiled in intrigue.
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In case you missed it…..
What have you got in your garage or barn?
An Aston Martin, Mice.......or both!
In an intriguing story this month, an Aston Martin bought for just £1,500 in the 1970s looks set to sell for around £150,000 when it goes to auction in May, after being discovered in a barn….
To read the whole article, click here.

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