We carried out a HomeBuyer Report on a property built in the 1970s as our Surveyor was carrying out his inspection he became suspicious of the cracking to the floor in the garage and he noted that the brickwork had been pushed out.  These are classic signs of sulphate attack from the hardcore beneath the floor.

He put this paragraph into the Report:

“As a precaution core samples should be taken from the hall, lounge, kitchen, utility and garage by a Structural Engineer to be analysed for sulphate content. Condition rating 3.”

Our client did as we had advised and had samples taken.  It was confirmed that sulphates were present in the hardcore under the floor in the house as well as the garage.

After talking to our Surveyor about the results of the samples and the implications of having sulphate present in the hardcore, our client took the hard decision to walk away from the purchase of this particular property.

The solution to sulphate attack is to lift the floors and to remove the hardcore which contains the sulphates.  Major, costly works which our client did not want to undertake.

We are happy to report that our client has now found another property they like, and after having a HomeBuyer Report carried out on this property, they have completed the purchase.

We were contacted by our client when it was claimed by their neighbour that the wall of a rear extension had been built in the wrong place.

After carrying out a site visit and a measurement survey, our Surveyor concluded that the extension was indeed built in the wrong place, 10cms beyond the centre of the party wall.

The confirmation we provided meant that negotiations between our client and the neighbours could be concluded and that the deeds and title plan could be amended to show the accurate position of the extension.

Our client owned the freehold of a block of flats, two of which had been sold on a leasehold basis some years ago.

The leases were approaching less than 70 years left to expire, and the leaseholders wanted to extend the leases for a further 90 years after the expiry of the existing lease.

Our Surveyor was able to advise our client on the Leasehold Reform, Urban Development Act 1993, under which this particular extension is permitted.

Our Surveyor inspected the two flats and carried out a Valuation Report to determine the premium payable for the two extensions.  He also entered into negotiations with the leaseholder’s Surveyor to agree the premiums to be paid by the leaseholders.

Our client eventually concluded the process and was happy with the advice they received.  Without the representation of a Surveyor, our client may not have achieved the premiums eventually agreed.

Our client came to us after they had moved out of commercial premises and they were then served a Schedule of Dilapidation.

The landlord’s Surveyor was claiming that there was a substantial sum owed to him due to the schedule of works that were deemed to be dilapidation disrepairs under the terms of the Lease.

Our Surveyor inspected the premises and then compiled a response to the Schedule of Dilapidation with suggested quotations for the works.  This was then passed onto the landlord’s Surveyor and negotiations were entered into with an eventual offer of settlement from the landlord, which is half the original price of the sum quoted.