Our client wanted an Schedule of Condition report before sub-leasing an industrial unit in Kent. The report covered the entire area within the boundary fences.
This modern but dated three storey office block in Ashford had been vacated by a public sector client who had made extensive internal alterations and subjected the property to very considerable wear and tear. A detailed survey resulted in a comprehensive Schedule of Dilapidations running to hundreds of items.
On the same evening, two church fires were started deliberately in unconnected locations in Kent, one causing localised damage to the interior of the church and extensive smoke blackening and the second causing extensive damage to the stage and ceiling of a church hall and destruction of the oak plank flooring.
A building dispute had arisen between a major housebuilder and the owners of a newly purchased prestige, high value detached house. Metcalfe Briggs Surveyors were instructed by the owners to assist in the resolution of a number of issues. Whilst the house was of very considerable size, to a very high specification and standard of design, it was let down by finishing.
Metcalfe Briggs Surveyors agreed a Party Wall Award with the Building Owner’s surveyor. Subsequently it was found that the Building Owner’s obligations had been breached. Unauthorised scaffold and building materials had been placed on the Adjoining Owner’s land and an access cut through a boundary wall from our client’s land.
The Building Owner contacted Metcalfe Briggs Surveyors as he had received a query from his neighbour that the foundations excavated for the Building Owner’s extension contravened the 3 metre rule under the Party Wall Etc. Act 1996. The Act states that is a footing is dug within 3 metres of an adjoining property and is lower than the existing footings of the adjoining property, the Act applies.