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.
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.
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.
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.
In simple terms, a macerator is a pump that drives water and liquid waste from one part of a property to another.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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