Big repairs – need a surveyor or building engineer?
There are many aspects to undertaking a works on the structure and fabric of a building or to communal services.
You will see from the steps below that the role of a managing agent and the surveyor/engineer overlaps, in part, as technical diagnosis needs a public relations offensive to achieve understanding and ensure the leaseholders see their share of costs as a “reasonable”.
|1. What to do first
Serve a Stage 1 Section 20 Consultation Notice to ‘notify of your intention to carry out works’
2. Key requirements
What a lease or transfer document will require can vary vastly from a requirement to affect external decorations every 5 years and internal decorations every 7 years to a non specific clause which might say “as deemed necessary by a Surveyor”. Look for the relevant Clause in the Freeholder’s or Management Company’s covenants
Ringley’s in-house Legal Services Team can deal with the consultation requirements, which since the introduction of the Commonhold & Leasehold Reform Act 2002 can require up to 3 stages of consultation.
1. Use a FORM 10 to notify the Health & Safety Executive
Ringley's charges range from 8%-15% of the contract sum, depending on the size of the contract and complexity.
We hope that this gets you started on understanding all the factors involved in contemplating a works project, should you require further assistance please