The term Right to Light covers a highly complex issue that has many permutations and is widely misunderstood. In essence Right to Light is a legal form of easement, which gives the owner of a building with windows that have received natural daylight for 20 years or more the right to keep that level of illumination. Courts rely on expert witnesses, such as we can provide, to define Right to Light.
If expert advice is sought early enough, these types of disputes can often be satisfactorily resolved without going to Court. Often the breakdown in the relationship between a builder and their client centres around standards of workmanship or the costs of works.
While disputes can often be avoided by the use of a Surveyor to carry out Contract Administration, Croft Surveyors are experienced in assessing contracts and workmanship. We can prepare preliminary reports or full Part 35 CPR reports to give our opinion as your Expert Advisor or Expert Witness in an impartial way.
'Love thy neighbour' is a much harder principle to put into practice once a boundary dispute is underway. Croft Surveyors has the in depth knowledge and understanding of ownership laws to help resolve many of the misconceptions that arise over the definition of a boundary between two properties.
Our Expert boundary reports will normally start with an initial informal appraisal of the likely boundary location based on Land Registry documents and the features on site. If this is inconclusive then we can obtain a detailed boundary survey to overlay the many layers of information and beyond that we can carry out the research necessary for a Part 35 CPR Court report.
In addition to boundaries and rights to light, neighbour disputes can occur over just about anything property related. Give us a call to discuss your problem.
There is a big difference between making a mistake and being negligent. The cracks you can see in the wall in January may not have been visible when the survey was carried out in July and the wisteria was in full flower.
As practising surveyors we are able to give you an impartial opinion on whether another Surveyor has been negligent in their work on a project or survey whether you are a claimant or a defendant.