Simon Bentley

Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 7th January 2015


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 30

Simon Bentley

10:37 AM, 21st April 2017
About 2 years ago

How do I purchase unregistered land?

I believe Ian is correct, I recently sold a property along with a small parcel of unregistered and possessed (LOL) land,the purchaser formerly a legal secretary, wished to register the land (I have seen she has now started work on it so I assume it all went through ok). We made declarations as to our use of the land during the period we owned the property (only 2½ yrs) and we had a neighbour who had assisted in the erection of the walls enclosing the land make an appropriate declaration - the former owner had moved abroad so this was an easier route than tracing him.... Read More

Simon Bentley

15:12 PM, 30th March 2017
About 2 years ago

SDLT when moving from rented into own home as a Landlord owning BTLs?

"properties up north for £27-30k?" - how many do you want?... Read More

Simon Bentley

13:27 PM, 29th March 2017
About 2 years ago

SDLT when moving from rented into own home as a Landlord owning BTLs?

You could buy a cheap property up north to use as your ppr and then sell it prior to or even post your big purchase to ensure continuity of ppr, such a property could cost less that the SDLT it would potentially save you and you should get all or at the very least most of that cost back, you might even see a return on it - exempt from CGT of course as its your PPR.... Read More

Simon Bentley

12:22 PM, 25th March 2017
About 2 years ago

Asbestos missed in Homebuyers report?

Reply to the comment left by "David Price" at "25/03/2017 - 12:01":

The surveyor in question is not being named so I see no harm being done.

"The focus of the RICS HomeBuyer Service is on assessing the general condition of the main elements of the property. The inspection is not exhaustive and no tests are undertaken. There is therefore a risk that certain defects may not be found that would have been uncovered if testing and/or a more substantial inspection had been undertaken."

Or put another way the survey is a fairly expensive waste of money. We had one done for a purchase approximately 4 years ago and the number of items that were written up as needing further investigation by the relevant person/body made the whole thing a joke.These reports are supposedly completed by qualified personnel - if they are qualified how come they seem to know less than the average builder/DIY enthuisiast, or is it, as is sadly the case with so many things these days, just a question of form filling, box ticking and Professional Indemnity Insurance - so I urge the initial poster to make a claim against said insurance ,as that is probably what most of the fee they paid was for.... Read More

Simon Bentley

14:28 PM, 20th March 2017
About 2 years ago

Asbestos missed in Homebuyers report?

Additionally its also worth noting that asbestos,at least the type commonly found in garage roofs etc, cannot be "diagnosed" by inspection. Builders etc will often err on the side of caution but there is plenty of modern fibre cement panels around in the existing building stock of the none asbestos type which uses cellulose in place of asbestos. Asbestos was phased out from the 1980s onward and in essence completely outlawed in 1999.

Depending upon when the garage was constructed it may be worth trying to establish the manufacturer (assuming its of the prefab type) who may be able to state what style of sheet they used when - or it may be worth getting the suspect material tested, which could easily save the cost of the test if it proves negative, though if positive of course its an extra cost and thus the test is a bit of a gamble,

I myself have such a garage roof and am intent on getting the panels tested before I decide what to do - as we are going to convert the rear part (its a very very long garage) into a "summer room".... Read More