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We DO get asked to do odd things sometimes...


This balcony had been described in all the leases as communal to the whole block by mistake, but the only access to it was through one flat. That flat-owner didn't want every other owner charging through his living room, so the others had to be paid to take that balcony off their leases. We had to value the balcony, its value was then shared between the other owners, and our man then had his living room - and the balcony - to enjoy in peace........!

Inheritance Tax - Does It Apply To You?

  

Inheritance tax is a tax paid by a person who inherits money, assets, or property from someone who has died. Inheritance tax is charged at 40% but is only charged on a proportion of the Estate which is above the threshold. If you have recently inherited a property you may be liable to this tax, but it is dependent on the sum involved. The property should be accurately valued to ascertain how much tax is due, if any. Inheritance is an extremely complicated field, with various rules and regulations which must be adhered to. Eyesurvey have completed hundreds of valuations over the years and have extensive knowledge in this field. If you feel you do need expert advice, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced team at Eyesurvey Chartered Surveyors – we are here to help.

  

DO YOU REQUIRE AN EXPERT WITNESS?

From business rates appeals, boundary disputes, rate changes, landlord and tenants disputes or valuation disputes, Eyesurvey have over 45 years of experience in the expert witness field. If you feel you need an expert witness, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced staff, who will help and guide you through any civil action you may be contesting. Or, alternatively, please see our  'Expert Witness' page of our website, for further information.

 

BUYING A FREEHOLD OR EXTENDING A LEASE OF A PROPERTY


Enfranchisement is the process of purchasing the freehold by a leaseholder, or a leaseholder being able to extend the length of the lease. The process can be completed for both domestic and commercial property. If you are considering buying the freehold of the property or you maybe you are thinking of extending the lease of your property, legal advice should always be obtained. Please do not delay in contacting Eyesurvey, we have many years of experience in this field, and will be pleased guide you through the process.

Damp still happens in the Summer!

 

We may be in the height of the summer months but damp does still happen. Many think that damp occurs only in the wetter autumn or winter months and indeed it can seem worse but it does occur even in August (we are experiencing the rainiest August on record!) Damp is caused by all sorts of problems from lack of ventilation to a damp course being install incorrectly or damage to external walls or windows. The cause of the damp mainly determines how it is treated so it never returns. So don't leave it to guess work. Our team at Eyesurvey know damp inside and out, so give us a call on 01206 545139.

28/7/17

Getting The Right Survey

 

Choosing the right survey to purchase when buying a property can be difficult, as there are many to choose from. There are factors which need to be taken into account, such as how old the property is, whether it is listed, had alterations or if it adjoins another property. There are three main reports to choose from, which are the RICS Condition Report, RICS Homebuyer Report and RICS Building Survey, all of which are guided by the RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Our team at Eyesurvey can guide you through this process and advise you of the best survey to choose. 

3/3/17

Homebuyer’s Survey – Which One Is Right For You?

A home is one of the most expensive things most of us will purchase. Buying your dream home is, of course, exciting but when viewing the house of your dreams things can often get over-looked. This is where Eyesurvey can help. Our experienced team can offer their expert advice, as there are many surveys out there, and different homes require different types of survey. For more information, please see our Homebuyers Survey page of our website or, alternatively, contact Eyesurvey, our staff will be happy to assist you.

 

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Is Your Property In Top Shape?

 

Autumn is here! This usually brings with it unsettled weather in the form of heavy rain, blustery winds, falling leaves and decreasing temperatures, all of which could cause a variety of problems for our properties, both inside and out. For example, leaking roof tiles, crumbling masonry, cracks on outside walls, leaking guttering and rotting wood. Now is the time to check your property before the weather takes a turn for the worse! If you do uncover any problems and are not sure how to proceed, give Eyesurvey a call. We can inspect your property, assess the damage, and provide you with the best course of action to take. Don’t delay – check your property today!

20/1/17

‘Happy New Year!'

 

We wish all our customers, past, present and future a Happy New Year. In 2017 our team of experienced and dedicated Chartered Surveyors, here at Eyesurvey, very much look forward to assisting our clients, both personal and commercial. We cover the whole of Essex, South Suffolk and East London, offering a huge range of property services with competitive rates and quality service. Why not give us a call or look around our website for more information.

30/12/16

Assessing the Structure of your Property

 

It is so important to regularly check the outside of your home or business premises to ensure it is weather proof and water tight. So many of us fail to do this. If you do find a problem, whether it is damp, rot, a leaky roof or splitting pipework, don’t despair! At Eyesurvey we have the knowledge and expertise to assess your property, to ensure the right course of action is taken, to enable your home or business premises to be kept structurally secure. Please do not hesitate to give us a call, where our dedicated staff will be pleased to help and advise you.

23/12/16

Buying or Extending a Lease on a Property?

 

Are you a leasehold property owner wishing to buy the freehold of your house, flat, or building or want to extend a lease, whether it is a commercial or domestic property? Or are you having problems with trying sell your flat due to the length of the term of the lease? Enfranchisement can be very confusing, considering the amount of information available, it’s difficult to see the wood from the trees! Here at Eyesurvey, we have a great deal of knowledge and experience of dealing with Enfranchisement issues. Why not give us a call, where our experienced team will be pleased to advise you.

16/12/16

 

 

​Dilapidations

 

Put simply, dilapidation means disrepair. In commercial property, dilapidations can have serious consequences for business tenants and signing a commercial lease should not be taken lightly. Therefore, it is imperative a Chartered Surveyor should be employed to commission a building survey. Dilapidation claims can be extremely costly and stressful for commercial tenants. If you are a tenant whose landlord is issuing a claim against you, and you need think you may need professional help, do not hesitate to contact our dedicated team at Eyesurvey, who will be pleased to assist you.

23/6/17

What Is Japanese Knotweed?

 

Japanese Knotweed is a rapidly spreading, aggressive weed with its root system growing up to 3 metres in depth. It lies dormant in the winter but grows extremely quickly in the summer. It has devastating consequences if it comes into contact with buildings and properties. The weed is strong enough to force its way into foundations and drains. If you suspect you have Japanese Knotweed in your property, please do not delay in contacting Eyesurvey today. We can carry out several surveys and reports to assess your situation. If you are in doubt, and need advice, please give Eyesurvey a call, our experienced team are here to help.

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Valuations and Market Appraisals – There is a Difference!

 

Did you know, when an Estate Agent gives you a "valuation" (or more accurately, a "market appraisal") on your home, they are not liable if the valuation is inaccurate. Such an opinion is normally unacceptable to a Court or for assessing Inheritance or Capital Gains Tax. Here at Eyesurvey, we take into account a number of factors when undertaking a valuation, such as school catchment area, development plans and level of demand. It is extremely important to know the local area. With these factors in mind, we can make an accurate, reliable valuation of your property, giving you the best quality and service possible.

18/11/16

Grant Of Probate - Eyesurvey Are Here To Help.

 

A Grant of Probate is needed to administer the estate of a person who has died. If a loved one has passed away and has left a Will, this legal document confirms the Executor has authorisation to deal with their assets, which can include a property or properties, money and belongings. Probate all too often can be a long process and comes with its stresses. A Chartered Surveyor can, therefore, be of extensive assistance. Our team at Eyesurvey have dealt with numerous Probate cases and have the knowledge and expertise to assist with this process, thus ensuring it is concluded with as minimal stress as possible to the client. Please do not hesitate to contact Eyesurvey for further advice.

20/10/17

Boundary Disputes

 

Most of us have neighbours and in an ideal world we would all like to get on. This does not always happen and sometimes neighbours have disputes. These can be about all manner of things, including boundaries, overhanging trees, walls, or fencing being erected in the wrong location.

 

If you feel you may need expert help and you think a situation has gone too far, Eyesurvey are here for you. Our team of experts will be able to point you on the right path. Please do not hesitate to give Eyesurvey a call to find out what would be the right course of action for you.

26/5/17