Can I Be There When A Surveyor Inspects My New Home?

We’re asked this from time to time, when clients want to be on site to take a look around with the surveyor while they inspect the property. And we get the appeal. It gives you another chance to look around the house you’re excited about buying, and means you can be around to make sure […]

An Introduction to Access Licences


Unfortunately, carrying out construction works on your property isn’t always as simple as it sounds. You may be aware that you could need planning permission to make changes to your property, but you might not realise that you sometimes need agreement with your neighbours too, particularly if you need to access your neighbour’s land to […]

Identifying Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete

RAAC is the much shorter way of saying Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete. RAAC has been making headlines in the last 6 months. But why? What’s so bad about it? And more importantly for people looking after public sector buildings, how do you identify it? What Is RAAC? RAAC was a commonly used building material […]

Why is my Landlord Claiming Dilapidations?

“The property is in better condition than when I took it on!” This is a phrase we hear all the time from commercial tenants, in disbelief that their landlord is asking them to pay money to repair or refurbish a property when they leave – especially if the property is in better condition than it […]

When Is A Party Wall Not A Party Wall?

Party walls are a very confusing area of property law, and it’s probably one of the most common areas we get questions about. Both building owners and adjoining owners tend to be unsure about what a party wall is and when the party wall act applies. So in this article, we explain exactly what a […]

What Is A House Survey?

Houses are incredibly complicated things. Much more than just bricks and mortar, they incorporate thousands of different parts and take dozens of tradespeople hundreds of hours to put together. There’s a lot that can go wrong, and sometimes that isn’t obvious until a lot further down the line. On top of that, older houses accumulate a lot of wear and tear over the years. If you’re looking to buy a house, you’ve probably heard that you should have a house survey done – but why?