Dealing with Nuisance Pests – Homeowners guide

Pests are a common problem amongst UK properties seen all too frequently by Chartered Surveyors of the propertysurveying.co.uk network. All kinds of pests can cause problems in your property, but your local council may well be able to provide you with a cost effective way of getting rid of them.

Read the rest of our advice in nuisance pests here.

200,000 homes will face insurance difficulties when Statement of Principles concludes

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has indicated that up to 200,000 homes at risk of flooding in populous areas like Nottingham and Skegness could become uninsurable next year.

Read the whole article, and find out whether you will struggle to renew your insurance, by clicking here.

Local Surveyor starts practice in his home town – Nottingham

Phil Routledge MRICS, local to Nottingham, has become the newest Director of a Right Surveyors practice, providing surveys and professional consultancy to his home town and beyond. An experienced practitioner and dedicated local professional, having spent 30 years in the business, Phil is a Building Surveyor able to provide a wide range of property services.

Examples include Property Surveys, Building Surveys, Structural Surveys, House Purchase Surveys, Homebuyers Reports, Major Defects Reports, Home Surveys and Property Valuations, Property Acquisition work, Party wall work and acting as an Independent Expert Witness.

Contact Phil by following this link if you are purchasing, developing or repairing a property in the Nottingham area or anywhere in Nottinghamshire. He will be happy to help.

The Right Surveyors provide property consultancy services all over the country, go to their homepage to find out more about the professional services they could provide you with.

The Housing Act 2004 and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme – A guide

The Housing Act 2004, and more specifically Chapter 4 of the Act, sections 212 – 215 and Schedule 10, requires that deposits for all assured shorthold tenancy (AST) agreements created on or after 6th April 2007 be protected under a Tenancy Deposit Scheme. We provide a guide to what is required and why landlords and agents should be careful when handling tenant’s deposits.

Find the whole guide here.

Young people to be restricted to two year tenancies in London Borough

surveyorsbarnet.co.uk – The Council for Barnet in London has put forward plans to restrict tenants aged 18-25 to just two year tenancies as part of a shake up of its housing allocation policies.

The tenancy agreements would also be conditional upon unemployed tenants taking part in skills development, training or education which could lead to employment. They would, of course, be reviewed every two years; allowing the council to reallocate housing away from those, for example, not deemed to be trying hard enough to find gainful employment, and towards those deemed to deserve greater support.

Additionally, new tenants over the age of 25 would be offered a five year tenancy agreement, the minimum outlined by the Government.

Both measures are part of a wider exploitation of the powers gained through the recent Localism Act, with additional moves towards prioritising social housing for servicemen and women and towards tackling under occupation.

More information on under occupation and underused homes can be found here.

London’s Lloyd’s Building Now Grade 1 Listed

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At nearly twenty six years old, the Lloyd’s building is now one of the youngest listed buildings in the country and joins just a handful of post war structures to receive the accolade.

The listing was carried out by the Minister for Tourism and Heritage, John Penrose, on the advice of English Heritage.

English Heritage’s Designation Director Roger Bowdler said: “We are delighted that the Minister has endorsed our advice to list the landmark Lloyd’s building at Grade l. Its listing at the highest grade is fitting recognition of the sheer splendour of Richard Rogers’s heroic design. Its dramatic scale and visual dazzle, housing a hyper-efficient commercial complex, is universally recognised as one of the key buildings of the modern epoch.”

It is a world renowned structure and a building that has been described as “heroic and Cathedral like”.

To read more on listed buildings and how they affect you, click here.

For further information on VAT and listed buildings, click here.

Alterations to Listed Buildings and VAT

Legislation and general red tape surrounding listed buildings can often be confusing and open to interpretation by an individual.  The situation with Value Added Tax (VAT), charged by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), is just one of many such complications.

To read more, click here.

Tree root High Court case ruling welcome news to local authorities

 A recent High Court ruling decided the local authority in question was not liable for damage caused by their tree as long as they were unaware the tree posed a real risk to the property in question – a new precedent for future cases and a cause to breathe a little easier for local authorities.

To read more, click here.