Knight Frank earlier this week launched a suite of products designed for older homeowners, including equity release and retirement interest-only mortgages. However, as reported by Estate Agency Today agents have been muted in their response to Knight…

This year, parents or grandparents, family or friends are set to lend thousands more to fund nearly one in five house purchases. The Bank of Mum and Dad (BoMaD) is currently spending an average of…

Well, according to an article we spotted in Estate Agent Today last week, if you live in an address with the word ‘Court’ or ‘Terrace’ in the name you might be lucking out when it comes to…

Housing worth £123bn is lying empty in some of the UK’s most desirable areas, according to new research, reported in The Daily Telegraph. The findings, from University College London, were accompanied by calls for a…

Last month a leading estate agent told the Scotsman newspaper that many would-be sellers make simple blunders that can knock value off their property. “Sometimes improvements and changes you have made might make the property…

    In a move aimed at solving the homelessness crisis, the Government announced earlier this month that foreign house buyers will have to pay a higher rate of stamp duty on purchases in England…

Opinion: When is the best time to extend the lease on my flat? This month commemorates the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers investment bank and the start of the worst crisis in…

Young Professional of the Year 2018 – Clive Scrivener, Partner These prestigious awards are independently judged and showcase significant achievement within the leasehold sector. We are delighted that Clive has been recognised as being one…

These can involve a specialised area of valuation. We are pleased to report a decision made by the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), which may be found at [2015] UKUT 0448 (LC).

At Scrivener Tibbatts we are looking forward to the introduction of the new revised ‘Red Book’ [RICS Valuation – Global Standards 2017].  We have new guidance on ‘Conflicts of Interest’ in advising Clients, which is…

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 gives owners the rights to extend their properties and this includes basements, loft extensions and ground floor extensions.

It is widely accepted that the current business rates appeal system has been in need of reform for some time.

The new stamp duty rates for buy to let investors and the cancellation of mortgage relief on buy to let mortgages could put the property market in SW London back into winter?  

We are currently seeking  a fourth surveyor to meet the growing demand for our services.  As a practice we are dynamic and forward thinking and there is abundant opportunity for a Party Wall Surveyor to…

Now that the General Election is a distant memory and the Queen’s speech is almost forgotten perhaps the Chancellor of the Exchequer will reveal in his forthcoming Budget: 1. How enfranchised Housing Association properties are…

Scrivener Tibbatts – Chartered Surveyors are very pleased to announce that Zah Azeem will be joining us as a valuation surveyor on Monday 8 June 2015.

We are seeking a graduate/trainee surveyor.   As an aside, we are changing our name to Scrivener Tibbatts Chartered Surveyors on 01 June 2015.

Forget the party political manifestos. Wimbledon will always be a winner. We have three outstanding characteristics: location; location; location.

We are delighted to announce that Clive Scrivener was elected to membership of RICS on 11 November 2014.

Michael Tibbatts MRICS answers 10 questions you might be afraid to ask…

What is a lease, what does the lease entitle you to do, what are you restricted from doing?

In my experience, there are freeholders and claimants alike who can and do adopt outrageous positions in claims and counter claims following formal claims made in accordance with the ’93 Act.

Andy Garwood’s excellent short article in the Estate’s Gazette (5 October 2013) misses, with respect, one vital element – the Party Wall Etc…..Act 1996.

As I advised in my last bulletin, I’ve been awaiting a Leasehold Valuation Tribunal decision in a case where I represented the Freeholders and the issues to be decided were: Deferment Relativity The extent of…

We are moving to new offices this week because all the indications are that the demand for our services is increasing to a level which cannot be met from our existing offices. At the same…

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a page on the subject of absent freeholders – refer to post 23 September 2011. One year on, and I think now that I sounded too pessimistic back…

The four day diamond jubilee holiday weekend gave us time to “catch up” while watching the extensive coverage on television. It is appalling to note that our last update was on 13 February 2012; we…

“Doing nothing is not an option if you want to protect your home”. This excellent article by John Greenwood appeared in the Daily Telegraph on 5th February.  We agree completely with its advice that homeowners…

Party walls are in the news – again, and it is important that they remain prominent in the public eye as 

Flat owners who have absent freeholders might rejoice that they do not have to pay service charges or ground rent because there is no one to invoice these charges.

Flat owners, who own flats controlled by large, publicly quoted companies, may find that to obtain their right to demand an extension to their lease of 90 years and have all ground rents reduced to…

Held on 27 June 2011 in London Revisions to the RICS Redbook, which details valuation standards to be adopted by all RICS registered valuers, were reviewed in detail.

Held on 13 June 2011 in Cambridge. Recent updates to Building Regulations and the latest advances for controlling and managing dampness affecting buildings were discussed in detail.

At a recent workshop on party walls run by the Surrey branch of the Pyramus &Thisbe Club, some key issues were clarified for surveyors. We began by acknowledging two principles that are fundamental to our…

This well attended conference was given an overview of landmark case Jones v Kaney by Mr Patrick Lawrence QC.  For the past 400 years expert witnesses have enjoyed immunity from suit for breach of duty,…

What effect does a business tenancy have on the definition of a house in regard to claims for enfranchisement under the ’67 Act?  Senior partner Damien Greenish led discussion on this subject at a workshop…

An enlightening review of enfranchisement cases came from Mr Antony Radevesky of Falcon Chambers at the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners conference. The case of Hillmy vs HembridgeVillas[2010 1WLR2750] emphasises the importance of correct signatures…

A seminar held by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors confirmed that job loss in the public sector over the coming 12-24 months is likely to have a negative effect on the UK housing market,…

In an illuminating talk on the correct form of a letter of appointment for an adjoining owner’s surveyor, Mr Mathew Hearsom of Morrisons LLP advised that there is no assumed right at law that an…

Material enhancement, deferment rates, and the definition of a house, were among the subjects discussed at the autumn meeting of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners.  The basic rule applying to material enhancement in respect…