Glossary of property terms and issues across the wide range of specialisms covered by chartered surveyors.
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31 May 2017
1982 market values for residential and commercial property for capital gains tax purposes: when and where do you need them?
01 Sep 2015
Information about agricultural land prices in the United Kingdom is important as agricultural land takes up over two thirds of the total land area at 17.2 million hectares or 71% and due to intensive farming techniques still provides around 60% of the country’s total food needs.
10 Nov 2016
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) refers to a range of techniques for resolving disputes without seeking redress from the courts.
19 Sep 2014
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral silicate that is mined for use in building materials.
20 May 2013
The 'Black Book' is a suite of guidance notes that define good technical standards for quantity surveying and construction professionals.
01 Oct 2015
The Build to Rent scheme was launched in 2012 as part of a series of government initiatives to increase the supply of high quality homes available for market rent in the private sector.
A standard form of building or construction contract is a binding agreement between the employer for the building project and the building contractor who is responsible for carrying out the construction work.
A glossary explaining the need for building costs or construction costs, the RICS involvement with building costs, and an extensive, growing list of websites showing building costs from a wide range of countries.
Find out where you can find details of current Building Regulations.
30 May 2017
An introduction to building surveying.
18 Aug 2015
Property owners can find themselves liable for repairs to the chancels of their local parish churches in England and Wales. The chancel is the space around the altar in the sanctuary, and in some cases includes the choir.
01 Jun 2017
How much should a chartered surveyor charge you for work?
12 May 2017
Find out what commercial estate agents do, what is best practice, how they are regulated, and further information about commercial estate agency.
Learn about the role of commercial property managers and read up on aspects of commercial property management such as best practice.
Rent reviews allow the periodical adjustment of commercial rents to the market level current at the date of review.
What commercial service charges are and why you may need a chartered surveyor to guide you through the issues involved.
07 Mar 2017
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was introduced by the Planning Act 2008 and is a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of an area. It sought to provide a faster and transparent means of collecting developer contributions to infrastructure than individually-negotiated Section 106 planning obligations.
26 Aug 2015
Discover why and when compulsory purchase is used.
31 Oct 2013
The Defective Premises Act 1972 was introduced with the aim of establishing: Liability for injury or damage caused to persons through defects in the state of premises.
23 Mar 2012
Find out what dilapidations are and why you need to consider them before taking out a lease.
What can you do if you disagree with the valuation and content of the prospective buyer’s survey?
16 Jun 2017
My lender is refusing to provide me with a copy of the valuation report. I paid for the report so why am I not entitled to see a copy? I also want to see details of the comparable evidence used.
Annette Howard, 26 May 2017
Double dipping (a colloquial term for dual agency) is used to describe a situation whereby an agency acts for both the seller and buyer in the same deal.
21 Oct 2016
The use of drones and related technology is becoming commonplace among the surveying and mapping professions. However, even though the technology is becoming more adaptable and user friendly, the underlying legal framework for operation must still be taken into account if surveyors are to avoid breaking the law.
10 Nov 2015
Energy performance certificates (EPCs) for residential property: what are they, what do they tell the buyer or renter, and when do you need one?
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