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Squatters Rights

Squatters’ rights historically referred to the right of anyone occupying land and buildings not to be ejected except by due legal process. Squatting is when someone deliberately enters property without permission, also sometimes referred to as “adverse possession”. In 2012, the law in England changed so that squatting in residential buildings, such as a house […]

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Licensed Conveyancer

Licensed Conveyancers are qualified specialist property lawyers, regulated and licenced by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) rather than the Law Society. They often work within a Solicitors’ firm, but may be self-employed or employed by a CLC-regulated company. 

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Lead Roofing

Lead was used extensively used in the past and is still maintained on older buildings to preserve the original character.  Lead can be problematic however as this article reveals.

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Zinc Roofing

Zinc is sometimes used as a roofing material.  Cheaper than other metal roof coverings (such as Lead or Copper) it more limited as it is harder to work with.

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Calcium Chloride

Calcium Chloride was a cement additive used to reduce the ‘setting’ or ‘hardening’ time of the cement. Over time, Calcium Chloride has become problematic as it is water absorbent, reacts with water and produces a corrosive agent that attacks steel.

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Legal Ombudsman (formerly Legal Services Ombudsman)

The Legal Ombudsman for England and Wales (formerly Legal Services Ombudsman, or LSO) gives consumers access to an independent expert to resolve complaints about Solicitors and other providers of legal services. The service is free and is open to all individuals.

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Law Society of England and Wales

The Law Society of England and Wales is a professional body established by Royal charter which represents Solicitors. It works to promote and protect Solicitors and negotiates and lobbies the government, the profession’s regulatory bodies, and others. 

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Amosite

Amosite is considered an extremely hazardous form of asbestos – surveyors look out for ceiling tiles containing asbestos.  Prolonged exposure to Amosite carries a significant risk of developing asbestosis.

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Artex

Artex may be out of fashion and hard to remove, but if it was put up more than 30 years ago it may contain asbestos.

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The Pyramus and Thisbe Club

The Club was created in 1974 by a group of Chartered Surveyors who specialised in Party Walls. Its website states: “The Club seeks to advance knowledge of party wall legislation and procedure and to promote best professional practice in its application.” 

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Ground Heave

The term Ground Heave is used by Building Surveyors to denote an swelling of the soil beneath a structure. It is essentially the opposite of subsidence, however it has its own unique causes and solutions.

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Cavity Wall Tie Failure

Cavity wall tie failure is a common problem in Home Buyers Surveys in England and Wales. Find out more about how to safeguard against this potentially expensive problem.

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Probate Service

The Probate Service is part of Her Majesty’s Court Service which administers the system of probate, which gives people the legal right to handle the estate (for example, money, possessions and property) of a deceased person. Many members of the public obtain probate without using a probate solicitor. Significant savings can be made if you […]

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House Longhorn beetle

The House Longhorn beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus) is a wood-boring beetle known for its voracious appetite for softwood timbers and the significant damage it causes, generally to older homes.

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Property Information Form

The Property Information Form, or TA6, is a form filled out by the vendor of a property. It is designed as a space for the vendor to provide information on the property directly to the buyer and streamline the property transaction.

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Tanking

Basements and cellars are more prone to damp than almost any other area of your home. They are often submerged in a sodden environment.  In construction, tanking refers to the practice of coating cellar walls to seal them against water – essentially creating a ‘tank’.

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Garret

A Garret describes any loft space that has been made habitable – regardless of how cramped it is. Garrets are most liveable underneath Mansard roofs.

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Penetrating Damp

Our homes are in a constant war of attrition with the elements to keep us warm and dry. If they don’t get reinforcements, penetrating damp can occur.

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Ivy

Ivy is notorious for causing damage to brickwork and wood. Its powerful roots (the very source of its climbing aptitude) drive into mortar and between timbers causing damp penetration and structural weakening.

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