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Advice following Grenfell Tower Fire

Interim measures recommended by independent panel of experts Inform your local fire and rescue service fire safety/protection department. Failure to do so may put fire-fighters as well as residents at risk. The fire and rescue service will carry out an urgent inspection with the ‘responsible person’ to ensure that...

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Fire Safety Advice for Residents and Managing Agents

IRPM have issued guidance to Property Managers as follows. If you are a resident in a block of flats this is just as useful for you to read too; Engage with residents to ensure they fully understand the emergency fire procedures in the building, particularly the meaning of “stay...

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Instructions following Grenfell Tower fire

Following the horrific Grenfell Tower fire, the DCLG have issued urgent instructions to Councils and Housing Associations and advised that all residential landlords should also be informed. We wanted to share this information too. If you have any concerns, please speak to your managing agents. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/620227/170618_local_authorities_and_housing_associations_re_checks.pdf  

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Civils and Infrastructure Award

Michael Parkes Surveyors Ltd has been shortlisted in the category of Civils and Infrastructure with our entry; Great Lines Heritage Park, for the Medway Design and Regeneration Awards. There is a People’s Choice Award – and we would love you to vote for us and our project. Please go and...

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The case for referencing

As members of ARLA Propertymark, we receive regular updates from them and we’d like to share this one with you as we thought it really set out what’s involved in referencing.   The case for referencing “Referencing ensures that tenants do not take on a financial commitment which is...

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Temp Position Valuer required

COMMERCIAL VALUER Click here for more information: Valuer   Consultant/Freelance/Employment all considered   Please forward your CV to,   Michael Parkes Surveyors Ltd Reading House, Waterside Court Neptune Close, Rochester, Kent, ME2 4NZ   Email: [email protected]   No Agencies Please  

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What is a Valuation and why do I need it ?

Why might I need a Valuation? If you bought your home through a scheme which gave you an equity loan to help towards the purchase, then when you sell you will need to repay the loan.  This is usually calculated as a percentage of the value when you sell. ...

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Build, Build, Build

“Build, Build, Build” Over the last three decades, various governments tried to solve the housing crisis. All have failed to get Britain building enough, and attempts to correct this. Will the Housing White Paper be the exception? It is sold as a bold, radical vision for housing in this...

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Who can apply for Planning Permission ?

Who can apply for Planning Permission?   Anyone can, whether they own the land in question or not.  However, it is more usual in the case of completely new development for the owner of a site to apply in order to maximise the value in their property by developing...

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What is Planning Permission ?

What is Planning Permission?   All developments and changes of use requiring planning permission are controlled in England and Wales by Local Planning Authorities (LPAs), within local Councils.  LPAs will consider whether your proposal for development or alteration meets with national planning policy and local policy set out in...

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What requires Planning Permission?

What requires Planning Permission?   Any new build construction Many alteration changes of use to properties, including dwellings Some changes of use of parts of a building Many extensions to existing dwellings and commercial premises Some changes to the external fabric of a building Internal and external alterations to...

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Kent Business

Did you hear us on the radio – Listen to Emma Catterall and Julie Anderson from RAP on the Business Bunker show http://www.kentbusinessradio.co.uk/show-244  

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Risk Assessments Required!

Landlords are being advised by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) to ensure that fire safety measures within their premises are satisfactory after the successful prosecution under the Regulatory Reform (Fire) Safety Order 2005. Mr Keith Newsum, landlord, of 19/21 Bursar Street Cleethorpes appeared at Grimsby Crown court on...

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August Update on the Rental Market

According to ARLA, The Association of Residential Letting Agents, of which we are licensed members, demand from prospective tenants rose in August 2016.   The supply of property dropped very slightly but overall it is up year on year. Overall the outlook for the rental market is still positive....

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Pumping Stations

Reminder about Private Pumping Stations   From 1 October 2016 all eligible private pumping stations will transfer to your utility company.   This means from this date the water/sewerage company will be responsible for the servicing and maintenance of the stations, including the running costs. BUT only if you...

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The Nucleus Limited Time Offer

Limited Time Offer   Located in the heart of Dartford, The Nucleus, has a fantastic range of fully serviced Office Space, Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms for a community of innovative companies. If you’re a start-up company looking to move into your first office, or a growing company looking...

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What is a development appraisal?

What is a development appraisal? The RICS define a development appraisal as “an objective financial viability test of the ability of a development project to meet its costs including the cost of planning obligations, whilst ensuring an appropriate site value for the landowner and a market risk adjusted return...

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