We’re property experts. A team of RICS Qualified Surveyors and RICS Registered Valuers working throughout the UK.
Our surveyors are industry experts with detailed local knowledge who live and work in the area they cover.
Defect analysis includes an inspection and report on a specific defect(s), providing you with the likely cause of the defect and the possible remedies.
We are often asked to investigate and report on:
We take an impartial and pragmatic approach and seek out practical solutions to defects. Sometimes our inspections may need to be invasive and potentially disruptive to find the root of the problem, speak to our team and we’ll work out the best approach for your situation.
Our team of Chartered Building Surveyors can advise and assist on a wide range of property matters, our clients include residential home owners, businesses and corporations occupying a wide range of residential, commercial and industrial premises.
Joe Fraser Chartered Surveyors are Leasehold Reform Experts and members of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).
Enfranchisement is the process of buying the freehold of a house, collective enfranchisement is where the lessees of a number of flats collectively purchase the freehold of the block. The lessee, the lease and the property must meet qualifying criteria to be eligible. Our valuation reports include ‘best and worst’ case premiums so you can be fully prepared at the start of the process, we’ll working alongside your solicitor and if required will negotiate with the other side’s surveyor to get you the best possible outcome.
The Leasehold Reform and Housing Development Act 1993, provides a statutory right for leaseholders to extend their lease, this being for a further term of 90 years, at a peppercorn ground rent. We prepare valuation reports in accordance with the Act that will set out ‘best and worst’ case valuations. We act for both Freeholders and Leaseholders and can provide Expert Witness Reports for the First-tier Tribunal (F-t T).
The Leasehold Advisory Service is a government supported information service with a wide range of useful information.
Expert Witness compliant reports are produced in accordance with the relevant protocols, including:
What is an Expert Witness Report?
An Expert Witness provides a report on a certain matter that is relied upon by a Court or Tribunal. The Expert may also be asked to provide oral evidence and be questioned by Counsel and cross-examined. On occasion, Experts from each party to a dispute will be asked to give concurrent expert evidence (CEE) often referred to as ‘hot-tubbing’.
Experts can be instructed by one party to a dispute, or as a ‘Single Joint Expert’ where both parties jointly instruct the Expert to provide their professional opinion on a matter.
At all times the Expert’s duty of care is to the Court or Tribunal, this being the ‘overriding objective’ where an Expert’s duty is primarily to the Court or Tribunal rather than their client. An Expert must provide their opinion on this basis and at all times must maintain this overriding duty of care, verified with a statement of truth. Subsequently, experts cannot act on conditional fee arrangements.
Why instruct Joe Fraser Chartered Surveyors?
We have a number of experienced Experts, specialist in their areas of expertise and further are accustomed to the requirements of providing Expert Evidence, written and orally, ensuring a compliant, robust report is provided.
Getting Expert Evidence early on in a dispute or potential dispute can be a key decision driver in how to resolve a dispute potentially saving both time and litigation costs.
We are regularly instructed by property litigators to act on behalf of their clients. To obtain a CV of a suitable Expert please contact us.
We aim to solve boundary disputes by preventing them from becoming a legal conflict, and with willing parties, we broker a fair solution. Our approach is balanced and impartial, expressing a genuine opinion and reaching a fair conclusion for all parties. Our dispute reports are always clear and written with court rules in mind.
What is a Boundary Dispute?
Sometimes it is not clear where the boundary of a property lie, the boundary line could be a wall, a fence, some hedges or trees, but it could also be unmarked, it may have moved over time, with or without agreement of previous owners.
If you or your neighbour have a dispute over the boundary line, you can instruct a Chartered Surveyor to create a detailed plan of the property with clearly marked boundary lines.
We can provide our report as an Expert Witness compliant report, this Expert Evidence can be used early on in the dispute resolution process, and can potentially save you both time and litigation costs.
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