Monique promoted

This month (January 2022), we promoted our Team administrator Monique Bridgeman to joint Office Manager. Our other joint Office Manager Jess Moss previously held the same the same role prior to her promotion. We are now hiring for a new Team administrator. This promotion follows hot on the heels of the promotion of Elina Kaoula from Principal Surveyor to Associate …

Cladding crisis – what next?

External cladding is a process used by developers which sees an additional building layer of material attached to the elevations of a building. External cladding can be a useful measure to increase a building’s insulation or aesthetic design. However, since the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 which claimed 72 lives, tens of thousands of multi-storey, multi-occupancy buildings have been …

Elina’s promotion

We like to promote from within where we can and we’re delighted to announce the promotion of Elina Kaoula to Associate Director from 1st January 2022. Elina’s promotion marks almost a year to the day since she joined us as a Principal Surveyor and is in recognition of her hard work and willingness to be a ‘team player’, supporting colleagues …

Size does matter (kind of…)

Well perhaps a quip, but rather than something unprofessional for a Chartered Surveyor to write about, this article is actually about valuing properties of different sizes. Under 30 sqm The first issue is on micro studios. They are properties measuring under 30sqm GIA. They’re not readily suitable for loan for security finance, save as for with a very limited number …

Following the Lawyers – the experience of a Surveyor

The year was 2004 and I stepped up onto stage at Swansea Guild Hall, ready to shake the Vice Chancellors hand and pose for a photograph with a fake scroll. I was thrilled to be receiving my Law degree and nothing was going to stop me, not even the two crutches I’d been using for the last month after breaking …

B’nai B’rith Donation of £1,000

B’nai B’rith is the oldest Jewish service organisation, first founded in 1843 in New York. It now operates in over 59 Countries and has and has official status at the UN as an NGO and we are represented at the EU in Brussels. Our Principal Surveyor Jonathan Nesbitt chose to donate to the B’nai B’rith in the memory of his …

SHARED OWNERSHIP

The Shared Ownership conundrum

Scandal’s feel quite common in the property world now don’t they? The leasehold (or fleecehold) scandal, the cladding scandal and currently beating a loud drum, the shared ownership scandal. There’s a lot of furore around shared ownership properties at the moment. In the last week, Panorama featured it in ‘The home I can’t afford’. That followed shortly after BBCs Moneybox …

Surveying for a modern age

On my first day of working as a Surveyor, some 15 years ago, I sat down with my new manager, a gentleman by the name of Bob. He was a wispy haired cheery guy who I learned a lot from, before his own career sailed into the sunset as he retired. On that very first day and for much of …

WELCOME TO NICKY WELTON

In a time when many other firms of Chartered Surveyors and Valuers are tightening their belts, we are pleased to announce our team has grown with the recruitment of Nicky Welton who recently joined our merry band. Nicky is a Chartered Surveyor who joins us from West End firm Carter Jonas, having spent time in their Compulsory Purchase team and …

Law Commission proposals on Leasehold reform process

Today, the Law Commission published a triumvirate of eagerly awaited reports on process issues for leasehold properties including a paper called ‘Leasehold Home Ownership: Buying your freehold or extending your lease’. Two other papers were published as well, namely – Leasehold home ownership: exercising the right to manage and Reinvigorating commonhold: the alternative to leasehold ownership This article will concentrate …

BUY OR SELL YOUR FREEHOLD

Stamp duty holiday and Companies and Landlords

The Stamp duty holiday from 8th July 2020 until March 31st 2021 is a very welcome boost to the housing Market. At Websters Surveyors, we’ve noticed a significant upturn in market activity even in the week since the holiday was introduced. The number of Home Survey requests is increasing as the number of other instructions. After a quieter few months …

Jessica receives NCRQ Qualification

Our Office Manager, Jessica Moss, has successfully received the ‘NCRQ Safety for Managers’ qualification during the lockdown period. To gain the qualification she had to complete a 2-day comprehensive online course that went into great detail about Health and Safety within the workplace, whether that be office based or on a construction site. Jessica was given five in-depth case studies …