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No Party Wall Notice(s) – No Party Wall Act

In one of the most important decisions made under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 for many years, the High Court has today given judgment in the case of Shah v Power and Kyson. In giving his decision Mr. Justice Eyre confirmed that where works to which the Act relates have been carried out but […]

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Understanding the EWS Process and the Need for EWS1 Forms

Understanding the EWS Process and the Need for EWS1 Forms Following the tragic events at Grenfell in 2017, Government published advice in 2017 requesting the necessary checking and remediating of external wall systems of multi-occupancy buildings that had potentially combustible material within their wall construction. This meant that purchasers of flats and therefore the mortgage […]

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New RICS guidance note: Japanese knotweed and residential property 2022

New RICS guidance note: Japanese knotweed and residential property 2022 RICS has published a new guidance note (effective from March 2022) to replace the RICS information paper Japanese Knotweed and residential property, 2012. RICS state: “The purpose of this updated document is to address both the findings and provide guidance based on market informed industry best […]

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Flooding in London – Insurance Surveying

Heavy downpours and thunderstorms caused severe flooding in some parts of London. It is very important that the correct insurance surveying company is appointed to assist you if your property has been damaged as a cause of recent flooding. It is also very important that you appoint independent insurance surveyor. Not all insurance companies would […]

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City of London Office – We are Moving

It feels good – London is finally reopening and we missed the clients who couldn’t book their surveys due to personal reasons affected by COVID restrictions. We hope that you stayed safe and well over recent period of lockdown. We’ll keep this post short and sweet, but with the news that we are changing our […]

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Construction Project Management in Mayfair

Here, at Hamblin Sullivan Associates, we know that investing in construction projects carries considerable risk and it can prove difficult to secure funding. As well as running a construction project takes time, effort, various skills and resources. Anyone who is investing in construction project wishes for all stages to run smoothly. To reduce risks, save […]

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Chartered Surveyor of the Year – 2020

  Not too long ago we shared our great news that Hamblin Sullivan Associates was presented with SME News Game Changer Award 2020 for outstanding work as Chartered Surveyor of the Year South East England.   Now, we can finally inform you that the official 2020 UK Enterprise Awards announcement is live on SME News website. […]

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Bromley and Bexley – Your Local Building Surveyor

Due to recent enquires, we would like to confirm that we cover Bromley and Bexley areas. So, we are your local building surveyor in Bromley and Bexley areas. Unlike other surveying firms we do not travel outside of our local areas. We strongly believe that the surveyor’s local knowledge is key to providing the best […]

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Sinkholes in St Albans – Don’t Get That Sinking Feeling

In November 2018 a ‘sinkhole’ appeared adjacent to a block of flats in a residential area of St Albans. The first reports of the collapse noted a 6 metre wide hole next to an exterior wall of an apartment building at Cedar Court. The location of the ‘sinkhole’ which was close to one of the walls […]

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Lease extensions explained

In England, there are an estimated 3 million flats currently owned on a leasehold basis. The main difference between freehold and leasehold properties is that in a leasehold scenario, you buy the right to occupy the property for a set period of time but do not own the building itself. With freehold, you own the […]

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Japanese Knotweed – not such a knotty problem?

Ecologists can find no evidence that Japanese knotweed causes significant structural damage to properties. Automatically refusing mortgages on properties where Japanese knotweed is found is out of proportion to the risk posed by this invasive species, new research has found. Ecologists from global infrastructure services firm AECOM and the University of Leeds have carried out […]

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Party Wall Surveyors – Photo Gallery

Here it is – another successful Party Wall Project for Hamblin Sullivan Associates in London. We would like to share with you some great shots of the beautiful work we achieved as a Party Wall Surveyor working closely together with our client.  If you are looking for a Party Wall Surveyor in London, please email Graham Hamblin at ghamblin@hsa-surveyors.com […]

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New Office in Chelsea and Kensington – Your Local Building Surveyor

We are thrilled to share our exciting news with you! Hamblin Sullivan Associates open new office in Chelsea and Kensington. So now we can proudly say that we are your local chartered building surveyor in Chelsea as well as in Kensington, Fulham and Putney. Unlike other surveying firms we do not travel outside of our […]

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What should we know about buying ex-coucil house in London?

Former local authority housing in the right area is good value now that buy-to-let investors are no longer bidding. Here’s where and how to look. Now that stamp duty hikes and the removal of tax relief on mortgage interest have largely driven buy-to-let investors from the market for ex-local authority homes, the choice for first-time […]

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How Do We Value Your Property?

How do we value your property? To calculate the value of your property, a valuer (who is a registered RICS Valuer) uses comparable evidence to assess the value of the property, if sold on the open market at a given date. Comparable evidence is applicable for all types of land and buildings used for commercial, […]

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St Albans Surveyors and Valuers

We are a RICS regulated firm of chartered surveyors and property valuers.  We have offices in St Albans and Central London. We undertake Level 3 full building surveys (formerly called structural surveys), Level 2 RICS Homebuyer reports and property valuations on all types of commercial and residential properties, including historic listed buildings. We are also […]

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Hamblin Sullivan Associates Surveyors

If you suspect your home may have Subsidence, then you need expert advice. HSA Surveyors are here to assist!  as featured in At Home With Sarah Beeny ‘s 2016 Fall Edition Subsidence is an issue which occurs when the ground under a house collapses, or sinks, taking some of the building’s foundations along with it. […]

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Basements and the Party Wall Act

Neighbours contesting basement extensions will be interested in the judgment by Central London County Court, which brings clarity to the definition of ‘special foundations’. Although this judgement is not binding on other County Courts it is to be followed by other County Court Judges in future cases. The Party Wall etc Act 1996 ‘the Act’ […]

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Problems with your insurance claim

Are you having problems with your insurance claim? When you inform your insurer that you need to make a claim the first thing they will do is appoint a loss adjuster from their panel. What is a loss adjuster? A loss adjuster is appointed by the insurance company to assess your claim on behalf of […]

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Why do you require a survey?

When buying a property you need to think objectively; the money spent on a survey could save you thousands by providing ammunition for negotiating a price reduction or by making you think twice about buying the property. Prospective buyers are often guided by a common misconception that a surveyor works on behalf of both the […]

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Party Wall Common Questions

This section of the blog answers some frequently asked questions about party walls. This page is for Building Owners and Adjoining Owners (neighbours). Q: What work is covered by the Party Wall Etc. Act 1996 A: The Act covers: new building on or at the boundary of 2 properties work to an existing party wall […]

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Serving Party Wall Notices

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 applies where someone wishes to carry out work on or close to a boundary. The work may be the erection of a new structure, changes to an existing structure or an intention to carry out excavations within a specified distance of an Adjoining Owner’s (neighbour’s) property. Often party wall matters can be overlooked […]

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