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Our Property Blog

Property matters can often be confusing, with multiple professional opinions and sources of information available from the simplest of searches.

Through our weekly blog post, we aim to clarify Property topics in an easy to follow and informative approach.

Licence to Alter, Your Guide

Licence to Alter, Your Guide

If you are a leaseholder for a property, you might find that occasionally, you want to make material or structural changes. What you’re going to want to do is to make sure that you’ve got yourself a Licence to Alter, which is what you get from your freeholder. But...

Party Wall Trial Pits

Party Wall Trial Pits

In this week’s property surveying blog post, we are going to be discussing trial pits, what they are, and when they are applicable. In the context of party wall surveying, a trial pit is required when a building owner, who is the owner undertaking construction works...

Party Walls, Build up to, or Astride a Boundary Line?

Party Walls, Build up to, or Astride a Boundary Line?

In this weeks property surveying blog post we are going to be discussing party walls, and in particular where they can be built up to, or astride (half on) the boundary line. One of the most common questions we are asked here at Stokemont, is whether a building owner...

Am I Allowed to Undertake Works to my Flat?

Am I Allowed to Undertake Works to my Flat?

If you’re planning on undertaking works to your leasehold flat, you’re probably excited about the space changes, design editions and change of living that comes over most of us when we step into the shoes of an interior designer! However, an important aspect to...

Can my Freeholder Refuse me a Licence for Alterations?

Can my Freeholder Refuse me a Licence for Alterations?

In this week’s property surveying blogpost, we are going to be discussing Licence for Alterations procedures, and in particular if a freeholder has the legal right to refuse a leaseholder’s proposed and requested works.  Believe it or not, the freeholder does indeed...

Solar Panels

Solar Panels

Planning on undertaking a Loft Conversion via the Party Wall etc Act 1996? Have you given much thought to solar panels?  Photovoltaic PV panels, or more commonly referred to as solar panels, use the suns natural energy to create electricity. But that's not all,...

Choosing a Party Wall Surveyor

Choosing a Party Wall Surveyor

In this week’s Property Surveying blogpost, we are going to be discussing Party Wall Surveying matters, and in particular what both a Building Owner, and Adjoining Owner can do, in order to find a Party Wall Surveyor to assist them with the proposed Party Wall works....

Driven Piles, They’ll Drive you Crazy!

Driven Piles, They’ll Drive you Crazy!

In this week’s Property Surveying blog post topic, we thought we’d take a look at piled foundations and in particular driven piles and when they can apply within Party Wall Surveying procedures. So, what exactly is a driven pile? A driven pile is a tubular steel pile...

Raising a Party Wall in Timber

Raising a Party Wall in Timber

Here at Stokemont we are regularly contacted and asked to answer and clarify Party Wall Surveying related questions from building owners and adjoining owners. We thought we’d set out one of the more common questions we’ve found ourselves being asked recently. This...