Landlord and Tenant

Surveys

Measured Surveys

Northwood Carter undertakes accurate measured surveys for various purposes. These can range from land registry compliant lease plans to design and project drawings to accompany a specification of works. Other examples of uses for plans and drawings we produce are as...

Defect Analysis and Pathology

There are times in the lifecycle of a building where a particular concern may arise over its condition. The defect may be due to a range of reasons: a fault in construction, a failure of materials, inadequacy of the original design or poorly conceived alterations. We...

Schedules of Condition

There are times when it is necessary to factually record the condition of a building. This may be prior to building works being undertaken on adjoining premises or at the beginning of a lease where the obligation to reinstate is qualified to the condition evidenced by...

Condition Surveys

We know that understanding the condition of your property is fundamental for you to adequately maintain its condition and plan future maintenance. Whether you are a management company with an interest in a block of flats, owners/investors of property portfolios or an...

Projects

Project Management and Project Co‐ordination

Embarking on a new build, major refurbishment or extension can be quite daunting.  Quite apart from the unfamiliar territory, substantial time and energy need to be put into the project by the client to ensure they get what they want. In its purest form, project...

Statutory Consents

Building owners and occupiers, whether commercial or residential, have obligations to comply with under various regulations and legislative acts. These can, and may include, the Construction Design and Management Regulations, the Building Regulation Approval and the...

Contract Administration

The fundamental part of any construction project is the contract, setting out the terms agreed between the parties. Northwood Carter has the knowledge and expertise to know that well run contracts are beneficial for all parties and can make the difference between...

Repair of Defects

Not unusually, the first time someone becomes aware of a building defect is when cracks appear, water cascades internally or parts of the building fall off.  In most cases, these are just the visible result of the building defect.  Natural processes of degradation and...

Refurbishment & Extensions

Extending your building is often one of the most cost-effective ways of creating additional space without the expense and uncertainty of moving site. Northwood Carter is experienced in adding value in this way and we can help you take your project from feasibility to...

External and Internal Repairs & Redecorations

Weather and ageing of building components means that repairs will eventually need to be carried out. Where leases are involved, the exterior and interior of buildings need to be maintained and redecorated which, if not complied with, can be enforced under the terms of...

Drawings

There are many reasons why you may need drawings prepared for a property and here at Northwood Carter, we have the necessary skill, technology and experience to carry out a measured survey and produce scaled drawings to the level of accuracy and detail you require....

Professional Services

Licence to Access & Oversail

Access is often required to an adjoining owners land to undertake work or repairs to your property. Likewise, an adjoining owner may need to gain access to your land. Unless the works are in pursuance of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 or there is an express right in the...

Boundary Agreements

Boundary disagreements or disputes can occur for a variety of reasons, many involving only a few inches of land. Such disagreements and disputes can usually be fairly easily resolved with the early input of expert advice. At Northwood Carter we have considerable...

Party Walls

Many building projects throughout England and Wales, particularly in urban areas, are affected by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. The Act imposes statutory obligations on those who are proposing to undertake certain works and affords protection to affected adjoining...

Expert Witness

Expert advice is often needed in connection with a variety of building disputes whether it is between a client and a contractor or a landlord and tenant they include: Construction contracts Quality and costs of building works  Timing of building works Dilapidations...

Landlord and Tenant

Tenant Alterations

  Where alterations are proposed to a leasehold property Northwood Carter can ensure the interests and obligations of the parties are being looked after. We have extensive experience and expertise in acting for freehold and leasehold owners in advising on their rights...

Service Charge Disputes

Service charges are often a covenant agreed within a lease or tenancy agreement. These charges are raised by the Landlord to cover specific costs typically incurred to provide services and maintenance to the building. The service charge disputes can take a variety of...

Leasehold Enfranchisement

Under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993, the long Leaseholders in a block of flats can compel the Freeholder to sell them the Freehold collectively. Most Leaseholders do this so that they can have tighter control over the management and...

Lease Plans

New leases lasting seven years or longer must be registered with the Land Registry and have a lease plan in place that complies with the specific requirements of the Land Registration Act. We undertake measured surveys, produce Land Registry compliant lease plans and...

Dilapidations

Landlords and tenants of commercial properties invariably have different obligations and objectives in respect of their lease covenants. As a consequence, dilapidations can be a particularly nuanced and complex to navigate. Our experience and knowledge in this field...

Review of Repairing Covenants

There is often uncertainty as to the repairing and maintenance obligations and rights of the parties under a lease.  We provide specialist advice to both Landlords and Tenants on such matters, including claims for service charges and planned maintenance. Our starting...