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toocan
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889 posts since 7/11/07

4 Mar 2022 06:59
say you stuck to a verbal agreement - what would you do if smashing out the breast caused damage on there side? Like cracked the plaster work on there side?
Razorlight123
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5107 posts since 13/1/10

posted 4 Mar 2022 07:14, edited 4 Mar 2022 07:14
They would have notified me, and I'd work to remedy it.

In all honesty, I'm from the school of thought that things like this should be documented, which is why I went via the Party Wall agreement route.

I'm just wondering whether the clause they want to add is just too wide ranging, and does it have future implications beyond the current neighbours?!
eazypz
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3617 posts since 16/4/10

4 Mar 2022 08:39
Surely there should be a clause stating something along the lines of you’ll rectify any issues caused during the duration of your works?
Razorlight123
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5107 posts since 13/1/10

posted 4 Mar 2022 09:14, edited 4 Mar 2022 09:14
Yeah for sure, but does one state a time limit?!

edit: I think I'm going to get a surveyor involved to get an idea of the condition prior to works, just to be on safe side…

Note: Party Wall act states that the neighbour carrying out the works will compensate should any damage arise. So I'd really just be re-iterating the fact
smith
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11736 posts since 5/5/04

4 Mar 2022 09:52
I forgot to update on my house sale. All went through and paid £0 to an estate agent and £950 to my solicitor. Still know nothing about conveyancing.
Brew
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451 posts since 17/12/10

11 Mar 2022 12:18
Just had an offer accepted on a Edwardian terrace. Needs some renovation work (plastering, new kitchen/bathroom, looks like there have been leaks from roof/guttering problems) but as it’s in between 2 other houses I’ve not got any major concerns about it structurally.

What would be the most appropriate level of survey be in this case? Was initially looking at the level 3 but don’t want to go to the extra expense (or spend a day reading it) if it’s not strictly necessary.
Best
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9976 posts since 21/10/05

11 Mar 2022 12:25
With a renovation I think it’s best to get the most detailed survey possible. You’re going to find other issues once you start the works so you may as well find out in advance and try to pass on the costs to the current owners.

I’m in the same position as you, offer accepted earlier this week and just commissioned a level 3 at £1900 (full day with 2 surveyors with drones etc)
toocan
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889 posts since 7/11/07

11 Mar 2022 12:55
Razorlight123 wrote: They would have notified me, and I'd work to remedy it.

In all honesty, I'm from the school of thought that things like this should be documented, which is why I went via the Party Wall agreement route.

I'm just wondering whether the clause they want to add is just too wide ranging, and does it have future implications beyond the current neighbours?!

You could add for the duration of the work? I think it would probably be covered by home insurance also - might be worth calling them and asking them what is covered/not covered for your house/neighbours when work is being done.. It must be mega common
toocan
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889 posts since 7/11/07

11 Mar 2022 12:59
Brew wrote: Just had an offer accepted on a Edwardian terrace. Needs some renovation work (plastering, new kitchen/bathroom, looks like there have been leaks from roof/guttering problems) but as it’s in between 2 other houses I’ve not got any major concerns about it structurally.

What would be the most appropriate level of survey be in this case? Was initially looking at the level 3 but don’t want to go to the extra expense (or spend a day reading it) if it’s not strictly necessary.

I think some lenders need a level 3 on properties of that age.

I had to have one done, it was a complete waste of time talked of rising damp and doing a damp proof course injection etc.. In reality, the window just needed opening and some circulation in rooms that had been closed/unheated for a year +.

In short, if you can a level 2 go for it imo but I'm no expert - speak to a local builder see what they think to be 100% confident
zoom
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6849 posts since 22/7/05

11 Mar 2022 13:04
I recently wanted to view a property. So I called the estate agents to book one and they asked what I was doing with my current property. I said it’s all ready to go to the market with my chosen estate agents.

They then refused to let me view the property unless I guaranteed them I would let them sell my house.

Surely that can’t be legal?
Rez
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8937 posts since 5/4/09

11 Mar 2022 13:35
Send a letter through the door and say you're interested but estate agents won't show
Brew
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451 posts since 17/12/10

11 Mar 2022 13:52
Thanks Toocan - the surveyors I’ve spoken to so far reckon a level 2 should be fine but I’ll speak to my broker to see if lenders want the level three.

2 surveyors and drones would definitely be overkill on our place! Hope the survey goes well, Best.
nothingelseworked
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3593 posts since 21/2/10

8 Apr 2022 22:04
Anyone know decent estate agents to look at in London? Or specifically Lewisham (Borough - so covering Brockley, Ladywell, Forest Hill, etc). Want to avoid the really big/shit ones like Foxtons, PurpleBricks, etc.
rural
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17879 posts since 26/9/06

8 Apr 2022 22:29
Definitely avoid Dexter’s at all costs. My view would be to look up local independent ones check what people say about them etc. On the larger groups I’ve always had decent interactions with Winkworth.
ChrisAlright
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1477 posts since 29/6/08

9 Apr 2022 05:40
Dexters are abso dogshit. A bunch of kids.
staygold
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5089 posts since 21/11/05

9 Apr 2022 05:57
nothingelseworked wrote: Anyone know decent estate agents to look at in London? Or specifically Lewisham (Borough - so covering Brockley, Ladywell, Forest Hill, etc). Want to avoid the really big/shit ones like Foxtons, PurpleBricks, etc.
Everyone on my road (brockley) seems to be selling with KFH. We bought our house through Peter James which is local, was my first house so nothing to compare with but they were fine
nothingelseworked
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3593 posts since 21/2/10

9 Apr 2022 11:24
Cheers, guys. Came across Winkworth, KFH and PJ and liked some listings so good to hear the feedback on those.

Any others I should look at? Is there a directory or anything I could look for independents on? I've mostly been Googling and looking on Rightmove and Zoopla.
Crackajack
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8154 posts since 21/4/05

9 Apr 2022 11:35
If your buying it doesn't matter. For selling just see which boards are up in your area? Different branches of chains can be completely different anyway.
EssexBoyII
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7355 posts since 5/6/07

9 Apr 2022 20:35
toocan wrote:
Razorlight123 wrote: They would have notified me, and I'd work to remedy it.

In all honesty, I'm from the school of thought that things like this should be documented, which is why I went via the Party Wall agreement route.

I'm just wondering whether the clause they want to add is just too wide ranging, and does it have future implications beyond the current neighbours?!

You could add for the duration of the work? I think it would probably be covered by home insurance also - might be worth calling them and asking them what is covered/not covered for your house/neighbours when work is being done.. It must be mega common

Not sure if it’s already been covered but any losses arising from building works is unlikely to be covered under home insurance unless it’s purely cosmetic. Structural damage caused to a neighbour is almost certainly excluded.
Rirawin
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9633 posts since 17/7/05

posted 25 Apr 2022 19:00, edited 25 Apr 2022 19:00
Looking at a house that is currently leasehold and has 900 odd years left on the lease from 1960, however, the freeholder is the vendor of the property and has been paying the ground rent of £12 a month to themselves. According to the estate agent, the freehold will be part of the sale and transfer to the new owner, my question is, if the freehold is transferred to the new owner i.e. me, can I just simply do away with the lease on the property? If so I'm guessing a normal conveyancer could do this on my behalf for a fee as part of the exchange process or would it need to be done post exchange?