In case you missed it…..

Architect erects 6ft 5 inch fence around front garden to protect children, only to be told he must tear it down.
Architect erects 6ft 5 inch fence around front garden only to be told he must tear it down, even though he claims it is a vital defence to make his children feel safe…
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The Property Market Monthly Fact File – December 2014

The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month byLuton Bedfordshire our Chartered Surveyors and the propertysurveying.co.uk 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.
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Tenants liable for damages of £70,000 in case concerning onerous break clause because of poorly kept fence

Ref. Sirhowy Investments Limited v Henderson & Knight (2014)
In an interesting case for tenants and their advisors, a tenant has been found liable for substantial damages due to an ineffective break clause. The case stands as a reminder to all that onerous break clause conditions should be avoided at all costs…
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Santa’s Little Helper Search…

Which chimney do you think Santas little helper is hiding in?

Take a quick guess and find out the answer at the bottom of the page!

Did you guess right? Yes, Santa’s little helper was hiding behind chimney C!

 

Substantial blow to Councils as Pickles removes S. 106 charges for small builders

Identifying the heavy burden of S. 106 negotiations and charges as a major stumbling block for the UK construction industry, Eric Pickles has moved to exempt sites of 10 or fewer properties from the Council’s grip. The result should be a boost to the numbers of small and medium sized construction firms, which have been hit hard by the recent recession and are yet to bounce back….
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Landmark Court of Appeal ruling balances contrasting ‘aggregate’ and ‘sets’ approaches to service charges

Landmark Court of Appeal ruling balances contrasting ‘aggregate’ and ‘sets’ approaches to service charges, resulting in boon for landlords and tenants alike
Ref. Francis v Phillips (2014)

Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 limits a landlord’s recovery of the cost of qualifying works from residential tenants by service charge to £250 per tenant. This case explored the term ‘qualifying works’, contrasting two methods of interpretation with widely different consequences to landlords and tenants alike…
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Bicester Garden City planned for North Oxfordshire

New Garden Cities are being pushed through by the coalition government in locations across the country, resulting in localised large scale investment. We look at the issues surrounding development proposed for Bicester, North Oxfordshire, the political and fiscal motives and a brief history of the garden city movement…
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Christmas is nearly here!

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Winter is with us once again,

Bringing cold and wind and rain.

Although the nights are longer and darker,

Midwinter has a special marker.

Christmas is that special time,

With choirs that sing and bells that chime.

With presents wrapped and ribbons curled,

Good cheer is spread across the world.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

To friends and family far and near.

We hope you have a fabulous break,

With all good things – like Christmas cake!

UntitlddddddddedMerry Christmaswww.propertysurveying.co.uk

We hope you have a lovely break & don’t forget if you have any property issues – feel free to give us a call 0800 880 6264.

Chancellor’s Autumn Statement – Stamp Duty

George Osborne’s Autumn Statement has brought about the end of the frequently criticised ‘slab-style’ Stamp Duty system, introducing a new system more akin to income tax. The result will be stamp duty savings for all but the highest value 2% of the market. We look at what the changes really mean and how the previous method was flawed…
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Chris Hunt MRICS

www.redhillsurveyors.co.uk

Redhill buildings

Chris Hunt MRICS is a Chartered Surveyor specialising in Property Surveys, Building Surveys, Structural Surveys, House Purchase Surveys, Homebuyer Reports, Major Defects Reports, Home Surveys and Property Valuations, Property Acquisition work, Party Wall work and other professional work throughout Redhill and the surrounding area.

For friendly advice without obligation, please call Chris on

Tel: 01737 455456

Chris undertakes surveys and valuations on period and modern residential properties, including houses, bungalows and flats for property buyers.


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