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Over 2 decades of experience in building surveying

OCK Chartered Surveyors' building surveying department possesses over 25 years of experience providing a comprehensive range of Building Surveying skills together with a detailed knowledge of current and planned legislation and regulations, maintained through continuous training and professional development.

 

The team is led by Hillel Broder BSc (Hons) MRICS. As specialists in building surveying, we can advise you on the following :

Building surveys

A Building Survey (alternatively known as a Structural Survey), simply explained, is an all-over health check on a property informing you of its current structural and general condition. It comprises a detailed report and gives a comprehensive view on the construction, condition and maintenance liability of the property in question.

 

This survey can frequently save the purchaser money as any structural problems or disrepair may have considerable cost implications

 

Areas covered are as follows:

  • Serious Structural Defects that may have an impact on the safety and stability of the structure such as structural movement.

  • Essential Repairs that require immediate attention and longer term maintenance issues such as dampness and rot.

  • Budgets for these Essential Repairs. (If required)

  • Matters for your solicitor.

Looking for a building survey or party wall advice in and around London? Call us on

020 8202 7948

Schedule of condition

This simply records the condition of a building at a particular time and has two main uses. When used to record the condition at lease commencement, a tenant can save costs at the lease termination if an accurate record is prepared, thereby limiting any dilapidation liability.

 

A Schedule of Condition is also often required when  works involving a party wall or party wall Notice are carried out. If a building owner wishes to carry out works to party walls or floors or undertake certain excavations then a party wall award must be produced. A schedule of condition is prepared prior to any works commencing. The state of the building is re-examined once all works are completed and if there has been any damage due to these works, the building owner carrying out the works is obligated to compensate or remedy the defects of the adjoining property by reference to the Schedule of Condition.

Over 2 decades of experience in building surveying

Party wall advice

Building works that involve any part of the wall or floor separating different buildings, often known as ‘Party Walls’, must comply with the Party Wall etc Act 1996. Under the act, the person carrying out the works is known as the Building Owner and the neighbour as the Adjoining Owner. The main obligations are to give the Adjoining Owner notice that the work is to be carried out and to repair any damage that may be caused by the work.

 

Professional advice is therefore advisable to ensure correct notices are served and the Party Wall Act is complied with.

 

By appointing a Party Wall surveyor, you can be properly advised on the correct course of action and in doing so keep future costs and potential disputes to a minimum.

Expert witness

In the event of a dispute with a neighbour or builder, it’s often better to settle such a dispute without going to court. Sometimes this may be the only appropriate action and there may then be a need for an Expert Witness report.

Dilapidations

Under normal lease terms (fully repairing and insuring lease covenants), a tenant has an obligation to keep premises in a good and tenantable repair throughout the lease and the financial implications can be serious should they fail to do this.  A landlord will therefore contact a Chartered Surveyor either during the course of the lease and certainly towards the end of the lease term in order to seek advice on any dilapidations liability that may arise.

 

At the start of a lease it is also highly advisable to seek the advice of a Chartered Surveyor so they can prepare either a Building Survey or a report on condition.

CDM Regulations 2015

CDM Regulations is concerned with all Health and Safety aspects of construction.

If you are about to build, extend or demolish a structure then the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 may place a number of legal duties on you as the client.

For many building projects an advisor is needed to assist with the project.  A key project advisor in respect of construction  for notifiable projects is known as the Principal Designer whom the client must  appoint. It is their task to plan, manage and coordinate the planning and design work. Our schedule of work include guidance for the contractor on health & safety issues so that a construction phase Health & safety plan can be prepared so that safety can be managed.

Contract administration

Contract Administration, simply explained, is the procedure followed where contacts are involved. The process focuses on the relationship formed between the client and the contractor, from the time of the award of the contract to its termination. The focus of Contract Administration is to obtain the supplies and services outlined in the contract within a specific time frame and within a specific, agreed budget.

 

In the case of building contracts, this includes preparing specifications and schedules of works, obtaining competitive tenders and administering building contracts for the works.

 

OCK have a number of staff highly trained and with many years of experience in this area and are also able to provide a service that ensures full consultation with leaseholders under the Housing Act.

Planning & building regulation applications

We prepare computer aided drawings (CADs) for both Planning and Building Regulation approval on mainly residential extensions or alterations and we submit applications to the local authority for their approval. We also prepare and submit planning appeals on behalf of clients.

Planned maintenance programmes and advice

We prepare maintenance programmes specific to our client's requirements. Our service includes assessing the cost of works needed and the preparation of a coordinated programme to deal with items found, which can be structured to suit the client’s budgeting requirements.

 

The secretary to the Building Surveying department is Sonya Rabin and she can be contacted on sonya@ock-survey.co.uk.

 

Instructions can also be sent by fax to 020 8458 5880 or emailed to us.

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Robert Levy  -  Valuations:

rl@ock-survey.co.uk

 

Hillel Broder  - Building surveying:

hb@ock-survey.co.uk

 

Immanuel Gabay - Management & lease renewals:

gi@ock-survey.co.uk

 

James Kritzler  - Valuations:

jk@ock-survey.co.uk

 

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