In recent years, one of the most talked about aspects of reinstatement cost assessments (otherwise known as insurance valuations) has been the subject of VAT. Should VAT be included in the surveyor’s calculations, and why is it a contentious issue? In this white paper, James Paul MRICS, Director, EK RCA, looks at the applicability of VAT in a residential block of flats scenario, from the point of view of a block manager aiming to do the right thing by their client. EK Reinstatement Cost Assessments’ view is that VAT should be included, and this paper explains why.
In simple terms, a macerator is a pump that drives water and liquid waste from one part of a property to another.
In order to protect the freeholder's interests and those of other leaseholders/tenants, most residential leases restrict the leaseholder's rights to alter premises.
This fact sheet highlights the issues that must be considered when developing proposals to install hard floor finishes in residential blocks, the requirements for acoustic performance and the likely basis of any landlords consent.
Building a conservatory or similar extension in the garden of your ground floor flat can seem like a straightforward project. Some conservatories can be erected in just a week. But the process is more complicated than it appears: there are both technical and legal issues that must be considered before any work commences. Whether you are a Leaseholder planning a conservatory in your own flat, a Landlord or Property Manager responsible for a property, or a Solicitor appointed to prepare the Licence to Alter for such alterations, this fact sheet covers the key points to bear in mind.
There are times when, despite the best maintenance programs, you will need to invest in a new roof. Here are our seven steps to help those responsible for the maintenance of residential blocks make the right decisions along the way.
The benefits of implementing a successful window refurbishment/replacement project are significant. But the process of changing, replacing and maintaining them is fraught with issues. This guide provides information on the regulatory and technical aspects of replacing windows within a residential block
The term “Major Works” can describe a multitude of significant building works projects. This factsheet aims to answer a number of common questions that arise during an externals major works project.
To put an effective Planned Maintenance Programme (PMP) in place for your block, you should commission a professional — preferably a Chartered Building Surveyor, to draw up a costed schedule of works for you that will identify any work that needs to be done urgently and pinpoint future maintenance issues.
Moisture is produced in all homes by breathing, cooking and washing. An average household produces 21 pints of water vapour per day. There is a limit to the amount of water vapour that air can contain — the warmer it is the more it can hold.
The key roles in a project are “Dutyholders” and are named as follows: Client, Designer, Principal Designer, Principal Contractor, Other Contractors. All Dutyholders have specific roles and responsibilities which must be discharged under the Regulations.
If you are a Property Manager involved in the maintenance and upkeep of buildings, or in organising regular roof inspections, please view our EK Digital brochure to find out how our drone and photographic surveys can assist you.
Could you do with brushing up on your property knowledge with the help of fellow professionals? Or learning from the experts around a specific topic? Following on from our successful and well-subscribed CPD sessions over the years and especially during 2020, we have produced an exclusive and refreshed list of online learning CPD sessions for 2021. These cover a variety of surveying topics which will help you develop the skills needed in your day to day role. All of our sessions are available over Zoom, whether you’re in the office or working from home. Please contact Kelly if you would like to take part, either on your own or with your colleagues. email@example.com
EK RCA offer timely, cost-effective and above all expert help with Reinstatement Cost Assessments for the residential and commercial property sectors.
EK Digital is committed to using the very latest technology to create more efficiency and certainty for our clients. Download our EK Digital brochure here to learn more.
In Spring 2020 Earl Kendrick launched EK Surveying Sessions: online virtual training for property managers. Adapting to the restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic we sought to find a solution to provide a remote surveying resource for customers and so CPD virtual training webinars was born! We have a wide variety of topics to choose from including: managing major works projects, CDM regulations, licence to alter, typical building defects and more. We are also able to build bespoke sessions just for your team, take a look at the information pack or get in touch to find out more.
The question of how VAT is applied to Reinstatement Cost Assessments is an area of some confusion and debate among Chartered Surveyors, Insurers and Loss Adjusters.