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Our experience in building construction and pathology enables us to undertake detailed pre acquisition surveys of commercial, industrial & residential property, of all ages, including historic/ Listed Buildings. We can assist with the acquisition of a freehold or leasehold interest. From experience of a broad range of properties we can provide an assessment for reinstatement of traditional and specialist/ historic buildings.

We have extensive experience in construction contracts for alterations, extensions and refurbishment of existing buildings. We provide a one-stop service from inception through to completion. We act for both landlords and tenants for all property types. We have a detailed knowledge of dilapidations law and practice and our constant involvement keeps us at the forefront of current thinking and case law.

We act for both adjoining owners and building owners under the Party Wall etc Act 1996. Any proposed building works may fall within the requirements of the Party Wall etc Act 1996, whether there is a Line of Junction, Party Structure or Adjacent Excavation within the meaning of the Act.
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read more › Our experience in building construction and pathology enables us to undertake detailed pre acquisition surveys of commercial, industrial & residential property, of all ages, including historic/ Listed Buildings. We can assist with the acquisition of a freehold or leasehold interest. Our Technical Due Diligence reports provide the support and information regarding property investment decisions, providing clients with the knowledge that they have a full understanding of the building condition and performance prior to purchase or lease.

read more › From experience of a broad range of properties we can provide an assessment for reinstatement of traditional and specialist/ historic buildings. Most property owners recognise that it is important to have their buildings adequately insured so that in the event of a loss the claim will be accepted by insurers. It is equally prudent not to incur additional premiums for having the building over insured. We are able to provide detailed elemental assessments for unusual and more complicated, or historic buildings.

read more › We act for both landlords and tenants for all property types. We have a detailed knowledge of dilapidations law and practice and our constant involvement keeps us at the forefront of current thinking and case law. Providing Schedules of Condition at lease commencement to limit the potential dilapidations liability. Call us on 01732 222240 or email enquiries@benchmarksurveyors.com to discuss all your requirements.

read more › We act for both adjoining owners and building owners under the Party Wall etc Act 1996. Any proposed building works may fall within the requirements of the Party Wall etc Act 1996, whether there is a Line of Junction, Party Structure or Adjacent Excavation within the meaning of the Act. Our constant involvement and knowledge enables the preparation of the requisite documentation for our appointing owners and the administration of the Act. Consideration of drawings and structural details to ascertain the application of the Party Wall etc Act 1996.

read more › Benchmark have been appointed to provide development advice for the conversion of redundant office/ storage space to provide seven 3-storey apartments. Our role is to inspect works on site and to report back to the freehold owners. Benchmark were commissioned to investigate water penetration through several roofs at St Marylebone Crematorium. Upon inspection, the original clay tiles have cracked and spalled and therefore a roof renewal programme was recommended. The property is Grade II listed and we have therefore consulted with the Local Authority Conservation Officer.

read more › New regulations are coming into force that will alter the way that consumer ADR works in the United Kingdom. These regulations require the Ombudsman Services to make some changes to its processes. Currently, complainants must bring their complaint to the Ombudsman Services within six months of receiving a deadlock letter. This timeframe will be extended, meaning that, if a deadlock letter is issued, the complainant will then have up to 12 months to complain to the Ombudsman Services. If no deadlock letter is issued, the complainant will have longer to raise a complaint and it will not be rejected because of this delay.

read more › The subject of testing for legionella in domestic water systems of let property continues to do the rounds. There is no better advice on this subject than from the Health & Safety Exectuive (HSE) themselves and they have published a very useful article on legionella testing in let property. In essence, Health and Safety law doesn't require landlords to produce a 'Legionnaires testing certificate'. Legionella testing is required only in exceptional circumstances, and generally not in domestic hot and cold water systems.

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