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Home owners are solving boundary disputes with chartered surveyors in Yorkshire PDF Print E-mail

Friday, 06 January 2012 12:03
Yorkshire is one of the UK’s largest counties and is home to a large and growing population. Home to several large cities including Bradford, Sheffield, York and Leeds there is a wide variety of housing ranging from historic and listed properties, right through to brand new property builds and estates. Yorkshire’s population has grown in part thanks to the rich heritage of industry and as the industry grew throughout Yorkshire so did the general demand for cost effective housing. Red clay tiled terrace houses are a relatively common site in many of Yorkshires towns and cities and perhaps more so around cities where industry was thriving. These terraces were initially built as a solution to the need for housing and they continue to provide an excellent solution today. 

Adjoining and Party Walls
One particular issue that terraces and other properties with adjoining walls face though is a shared or ‘party wall’.  The term party wall usually refers to a wall that joins two buildings and runs along the boundary line, so half of the wall rests on each side. In terms of building a house that is structurally sound and both space and cost effective such as a wall makes good sense, but what happens should you want to change the property layout or the wall become unstable, who’s takes responsibility? This issue is becoming increasingly common, especially as some terraces are reaching greater ages. Rising damp appearing above the skirting boards, damp in room corners and in bad cases cracks caused by subsidence are all conceivable issues. Should you want to carry out work in the room but not directly on the wall itself the tenant in the adjoining house can still complain and cause delays?

Help is at hand
As with many situations seeking the correct advice is key to making sure you’re not paying avoidable costs or becoming liable for the work being carried out, before mutual consent is granted. Many home owners are turning to chartered surveyors in Yorkshire. Choosing a Yorkshire based chartered surveyor has the benefit of engaging with someone that understands the type of property and the local area.  A charted surveyor will be able to go through the deeds of both properties involved in the boundary dispute and bring clarity to the situation by drawing up a  Party Wall Agreement that states terms and conditions. The Party Wall agreement is also necessary for the contractor carrying out the work so that they will be insured.  The surveyor will remain completely impartial throughout the dispute and will help to avoid long delays that could be caused otherwise.
It’s interesting to learn how property owners in Yorkshire are seeking the correct advice, that in turn is potentially saving them money that could have been lost through drawn out disputes and not forgetting maintaining relationships between neighbours.
JK Rowling’s childhood home! PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 July 2011 00:07

Harry Potter fans rejoice!

The magical franchise may be drawing to a close but we’ve found the ultimate keepsake for the most devoted of fans…

JK Rowling’s childhood home!

The three-bedroom detached grade II listed cottage is situated in Chepstow and is on the market for £399,950. While it isn’t quite Hogwarts, there’s a definite gothic, enchanted feel about the place and we can just imagine the best-selling author day dreaming about Harry’s adventures.

Church Cottage was built in around 1852 and still retains many original features including an arched doorway and a striking vaulted ceiling with authentic beams.  The property also boasts an impressive cottage garden with alluring features such as a small pond with lily pads, rambling roses, ornamental shrubs and plum, holly and crab apple trees.

The house of Beckham! – David and Victoria Beckham's family home is up for sale! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 July 2011 23:57

While the Beckhams have been busy this month welcoming their bundle of joy Harper into the world, their old family home has been put on the market.

Hollinshead House was home to Posh and Becks in the noughties and is now up for sale for £2,250,000. The couple are said to have bought the five bedroom barn conversion back in 2001 for £1.25million and they didn't sell up until 2005 when the entire family moved to Spain for David's transfer to Real Madrid.

The exquisite grade II property boasts a 35ft long indoor swimming pool, outstanding rural views and a prestigious setting. The Beckhams are likely have fallen in love with the property's private and secure location; situated at the end of a private road in Nether Alderley, Cheshire, the home is a secluded getaway from the prying eyes of the paps.

Village named in second home holiday hotspots PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 July 2011 02:31
MORE than two in five properties in a West Norfolk village are second homes, a new report has claimed.
Brancaster is one of three areas in the borough which are among the top 30 in England for the proportion of holiday homes in their community.
And the study released by estate agents Knight Frank this week said demand for holiday homes remains high, despite a slight fall from its peak two years ago.
The report reveals that a total of 40.7 per cent of properties in Brancaster are second homes.
Sunderland Lettings - Living and Renting in Sunderland PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 26 June 2011 04:53

Set right on the mouth of the River Wear next to a beautiful coastline and surrounded by easily accessible countryside.

Sunderland is a city with a difference – a modern, bustling centre that is balanced with a relaxing green environment, stunning coastal scenery and a refreshing attitude to life. Citypadz provide a number of apartments to rent in Sunderland, and are one of the premier Sunderland letting agents.

Gary Barlow’s former home has been put up for a sale for a massive £7.25million. PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2011 23:40

It wasn't long ago we told you about Robbie Williams' sprawling manor on Rightmove, but it appears bandmate Gary once had some serious digs of his own!

Gary Barlow's former home has been put up for a sale for a massive £7.25million. Gary is thought to have bought the property for a cool £1million back in 1995, right around the time Robbie broke millions of young girls' hearts by leaving Take That; he then sold the house around 5 years ago for around 4.7million (after he'd installed a state-of-the art recording studio of course!)

Delemere Manor Estate is situated in Cuddington, Cheshire and is just what you'd expect from a boyband (now more 'manband') heartthrob. The property boasts six bedrooms, a nightclub, cinema room, a gym and a games room… and that's just in the main house! The estate itself also houses the Delemere Manor Lodge which has a further four bedrooms and a staff flat with further accommodation above the garage of the manor.

Over A Third Of Renters Do Not Have Contents Insurance Swinton Reveal PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 June 2011 19:43
Swinton Insurance is reminding UK renters about the importance of having adequate contents insurance in a rented property after it was revealed that over a third do not have any.
Swinton, the UK's leading high street retailer of home insurance, surveyed 1,200 people who rent homes across the UK and found that 37% do not have any contents insurance whatsoever.
The survey also revealed the reasons behind renters not having adequate contents insurance with 27% admitting that it was too expensive, while 10% deemed it 'not necessary.'
London Property Market starting to recover aided by Asian buyers! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 June 2011 16:22

According to real estate agents, despite the royal wedding and bank holidays, the buying behaviour of the people didn’t change much as in April the sales were resilient. NAEA’s (National Association of Estate Agents) recent property survey showed that eight properties were sold in the month of April (per-Branch). The figures were quite the same in February and March also.

On average, elsewhere the number of people registered seeking a property decreased a bit from 290 in March to 277 in April. Parallel to that the supply level also increased a bit in April by 69 available properties per branch as compared to 68 in March (according to NAEA Agents). A decrease of 2 percent was also observed in sales to the first-time buyers.

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