Man in Cardiff reduces own home to rubble with sledgehammer

cardiffbuildingsurveyors.co.uk – A brother has demolished his own home in Cardiff over a will dispute that has dragged on 7 years.

Reaching the end of his wits, Mr McGuire took a sledgehammer to his semi-detached house to demolish the extensions and additions he had made to it during an 8 year residency (for which he had reputedly invested £200,000).  Police stood by powerless as he destroyed the private property.

If you have a property issue in Cardiff, put down the sledgehammer and call your local Chartered Surveyor to assist and represent you.

Basic construction error results in £25k+ in fines after tenant nearly poisoned

Chesterfield Surveyors– In a case that came to fruition just before Christmas 2012; Chesterfield Borough Council has been ordered to pay more than £25,000 in fines and costs after a cataclysmic construction error almost cost the life of a tenant on Stand Road, Newbold, Chesterfield.

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Manchester Apartment Block Lies Dormant Whilst Housing Crisis Continues

Manchester Surveyors – Saltford Court, a tower block in Ancoats, Manchester was abandoned and unused after Manchester council closed it in the 1990s. A private developer purchased the building in 2006, but so far no action has been taken to bring it back into use.

Local residents want and need change. The block could be made into more than 100 much-needed apartments at an affordable price, so perhaps there should be a legal limit on how long a Developer can hold empty property before it is compulsorily auctioned?

If you want to bring an empty home back into use, contact your local manchester Surveyor.

Proceeds of Crime Act – Brent to Receive Over £500,000 for Illegal Landlord House Conversion

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Norwich Crown Court has this month reached a decision on a case concerning a landlord in Brent, London who converted a house into 12 flats without the appropriate planning consent. He faces well over £1.4m in fines.

£500,000 of this will be due to Brent Council and the total of £1.4m constitutes the largest damages order ever seen for an incident of this type – reflecting the earnings Mr Ali illegally made from renting out the properties.

Follow this link or the one above to find a surveyor in London if you are planning on purchasing property or converting property to flats. A Chartered Surveyor will be able to advise on planning implications and meeting Building Regulations.

Draft Waste Plan Remains Viable for Worthing

Worthing Surveyor  – The withdrawal of one of the six waste disposal sites from a draft waste plan for West Sussex has still left it “sound”, the county planning committee was told.

Members heard that land at Decoy Farm,Worthing, had been taken out of the document following an objection from the borough council, which owns the site.

Some objections raised included the negative affect on house prices. Your local surveyor will be able to advise if you are worried about a local development affecting the value of your home. He can be found on either of the links above.

First Day on Site Ends with Terrible Injuries

Nottingham Surveyors – A first day on site for a Nottinghamshire labourer near Worksop, ended with the employee hit by a falling excavator bucket. The result was the loss of one eye and part of his scalp, a punctured lung and a two week coma. The case has recently been brought before Mansfield Magistrate’s Court and resulted in 250 hours unpaid work and £300 towards legal costs for the excavator driver.

The case has been referred to the Crown Court for further sentencing of the construction company itself. It highlights the importance of Health and Safety and effective project management. To instruct a qualified professional to manage a project, click here.

Ashford to be One of the First Councils to Receive Section 106 help

Ashford Surveyors – It has recently been announced that Ashford Council will be one of the first to receive assistance from the Government’s new team of negotiators, tasked with mediating in stalled 106 negotiations. An estimated 1400 construction projects across the country have been moth-balled and this scheme hopes to get them up and running once again.

This could be a valuable stimulus to the economy and to the construction sector in particular. Read our newsletter this month for more information by signing up here.

Solihull Secures Landmark Tenancy Succession Victory

In a complex battle of conflicting statute versus common law positions, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (Birmingham) has finally won out in the Supreme Court, marking a new precedent for future cases of joint tenancy succession.

The case dates back to 1967 when Mr and Mrs Hickin became joint tenants of a property in Chelmsley Wood, Solihull, under a tenancy later made secure by Part IV of the Housing Act 1985.

Full details of the case and its verdict will be coming in our newsletter, released at the beginning of August. To subscribe, click here.

Barnet Tenants Battle Floating Warden

London Surveyors – Two tenants from Hanshaw Drive, Edgeware in the London Borough of Barnet have claimed that their local authority is in breach of its tenancy agreements by introducing plans to introduce a floating warden for sheltered accomodation.

The campaigners believe that the new service would put the lives of tenants and pensioners at risk and a judge in Barnet County Court has order a delay whilst court proceedings continue.

Bristol Landlord fined for Flyposting

bristolbuildingsurveyors.co.uk -The landlord of a pub, the Black Swan in Easton, Bristol, has been fined £11,000 for ‘flyposting’.

The punishment is for putting up posters on lamposts, street hoardings and other items of street furniture without permission. The council reputedly removes thousands of posters every year, and had highlighted the areas the landlord, Mr Melford, had illegally installed the posters, giving him an opportunity to take them down. Having been ignored, court proceedings were brought. Mr Melford did not attend the hearing.