Commercial & Residential Asbestos Reports
Commercial property owners have a legal duty to manage asbestos at their premises, under the Control of Asbestos (CAR2006) regulations.
We work in conjunction with a consultancy accredited for all levels of Asbestos Surveying. If you are a current or potential commercial property owner, who needs assistance in respect of these matters, then we would be delighted to speak with you.
Additional Building Surveying Services
Drone & Aerial Property and Building Surveys
The increasing use of aerial drones for building surveys and the regular inspections of property reflects their capabilities.
Where necessary, we utilise the services of a fully licensed, accredited and insured pilot when undertaking our inspections, this significantly assists in making a thorough inspection of the roof and fabric of the building at high-level. It also serves to reduce inspection times, costs and safety risks.
A drone can also be a powerful tool in the preparation of marketing materials and promotional photography, where appropriate.
We look forward to hearing from you, if we can assist with your requirements.
EPC Reports & MEES
Under the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations, 2012, it has been statutory law since April 2012 that any premises being marketed for sale, or to let, are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) attached to the marketing particulars prior to being marketed.
EPCs are valid for 10 years and a new EPC is not required each time there is a change of tenancy, or the property is sold, within that 10 year period. Where more than one EPC is produced, the most recent EPC is the valid one.
EPCs must be displayed in commercial premises larger than 500m² that are frequently visited by the public, and where one has previously been produced for the sale, construction or renting out of the building.
From 1st April 2018, stricter requirements are being phased in under the 'Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards' (MEES) for non-dwellings. These now require that any property for which a new lease is being put in place must have a minimum EPC rating of 'E'. By April 2023 this will apply to all leases. The current exemptions to MEES requirements are: -
• Where a lease is for six months or less, provided that the same tenant has not occupied the property for over twelve months
• Where a lease is for more than 99 years
• Where a building is excluded from having an EPC
• Landlords will also be exempt from carrying out improvement works if the tenant refuses to consent to the works
• This also applies if third party consents have been refused in the previous five years
• Improvements do not have to be carried out if they reduce the property value by 5% or more, which should be reviewed every five years
We work in conjunction with a consultant who can inspect premises on behalf of Clients and produce an in-depth EPC Report and certificate, together with advice on improving the EPC rating of a property.
When working with clients to assist them with their property matters, we are fully aware of the need to ensure we are providing advice that is deliverable in all aspects (and in the most remunerative manner), including from a planning perspective.
We are experienced in working with a variety of planning consultancy practices (dependant on the nature of the instruction) in establishing likely achievable consents, discharging (or varying) conditions to approvals and developing the 'right' strategy for achieving the most positive outcome.
If you are a current or potential commercial property owner, who needs assistance in respect of these matters, then we would be delighted to speak with you and assist in advising on with whom we could best work to assist you.
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