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Rising Damp

01/12/2018

'....the view that rising damp is a myth may cause Building Surveyors to form a view that it is not worth learning how to properly survey for rising damp and the supposition that rising damp is a common problem has led to a glut of poorly trained industry surveyors and widespread misdiagnosis due to over reliance on hand held electrical...

As you would imagine, based upon the amount of timber and straw used in construction, together with the fact that the Tudors had a preference for very narrow streets and houses being built in very close proximity, that hygiene and particularly fire were a constant hazard.

It is easy to see how the Party Wall etc. Act can be mis-interpreted, particularly by members of the public, just by the nature of it's title. For those who work in the property professions and interact with the Act on a regular basis there will be generally less confusion, however in my experience this is not always the case! ...

Unless there is damage caused to or on an Adjoining Owners land, when works are nearing completion, there is little benefit in appointing and paying for surveyors and issuing party wall notification at this point. This is because the works 'have already taken place', (or mostly), so the remaining provisions that can be included in a Party Wall...

This is a voyage into the unknown which was always going to be complex and challenging. The terms of the divorce were never going to be amicable as Europe cannot be seen to make it easy for the UK as they will clearly want to discourage other European nations from going down a similar road