Advice Hub: Expert Witness

Collier Stevens has provided expert witness services to hundreds of clients over the years. As an expert witness we attend court and provide evidence on behalf of our clients to support their case. We have seen many different kinds of property-related disputes, usually landlord and tenant disputes, but also party walls, building works and building project disputes too. Here we share some articles that might help you consider whether you need to take a dispute with a neighbour, builder, tenant or landlord further.

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Challenging a local authority service charge

We have dealt with several instructions to assess the reasonableness of service charges presented by both local authority and private freeholders to private leaseholders – the service charge demand can be very high and with the current cladding issues can be crippling.

Since August 2014 social landlords / freeholders are limited in the amounts that they can claim – £15,000 within London and £10,000 outside London (as at 2015). Social landlords also have the power to vary, waive or reduce … Read more...


What do we know about chancel repair liability?

That’s what we got asked this morning. So we scratched our heads and had to agree that we didn’t know much at all about chancel repair liability except that it can result in rather nasty surprise bills.

We then did what anyone else would do – Googled it. This turned up a very helpful guide from Clutton Cox Solicitors – Chancel Repair Liability – The Full Monty.  Then, shortly after we discovered this, Clutton Cox advised that they had … Read more...

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Condensation dispute calls for expert help

As surveyors providing expert witness advice in housing disrepair cases, we are often asked to advise on condensation issues.

We recently helped a client who was having problems with a tenant complaining of condensation with damp walls and mould growth. Our client, the landlord, thought this was unusual as his previous tenants had not complained and there was no sign of condensation when the previous tenants moved out and the new ones moved in. He asked us to investigate and … Read more...

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Careful with that party wall injunction

The Party Wall etc Act grants a building owner wishing to undertake building works a number of rights including a right to build on the line of junction, raise, repair and otherwise work upon a party wall or party structure and to excavate within a set distance of a neighbouring property. In order to exercise those rights, a building owner must serve notice on affected neighbours and give the neighbour an opportunity to consent to the work or otherwise to … Read more...