Network Rail is facing compensation claims that could total tens of millions of pounds after a landmark court ruling on damage caused to homes by Japanese knotweed growing on its land.
Neighbours Robin Waistell and Stephen Williams took on the rail giant after the plant, growing on a railway embankment next to their bungalows, spread into the foundations of their homes. The pair saw the value of their properties almost halved because of the invasion.
The plant’s roots can force their way through brick and concrete, and it is difficult and expensive to eradicate them. Neither Mr Waistell, 70, nor Mr Williams, 43, can sell their homes because lenders will not give mortgages on properties affected by knotweed.
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Leading London chartered surveyors Smith & Knight are pleased to announce their partnership with the revolutionary new solution to shared ownership, Share a Mortgage.
Share a Mortgage is a joint ownership facilitator for private home-buyers wishing to pool their assets to buy and share properties in a safe and affordable way. Single, local professionals and people with lesser incomes alike can find like-minded buyers to team up with and share the deposit, mortgage and all ongoing living and legal costs, so they are then enabled to buy a property of their own using this bespoke service.
Smith & Knight will provide friendly and professional surveying services to clients collaboratively buying through Share a Mortgage. With a team of specialist surveyors trained in all areas of residential surveying, Smith & Knight is the perfect partner for Share a Mortgage to combine with. All its surveyors are regulated by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Alyson Bartaby of Share a Mortgage said: “When looking for the right kind of surveyor to provide both a friendly and professional service; and who have extensive knowledge of London, we found Smith & Knight ticked all the boxes.”
“Nigel and his team have the right attitude: client first. It is rare to find surveyors who are so proactive in looking after their clients and I know how much they dislike hearing anything except the best feedback. That is one of the main reasons as to why they have been so successful in their business.
“When buying with someone else; whether it’s a mortgage buddy, married couple, friend or family, you really rely your building surveyor’s knowledge to guide you towards paying the right price for a property, especially given how expensive things can become if your property has issues, such as subsidence.
“This is why Share a Mortgage is particularly glad to join up with Smith & Knight: we know all our clients will be in the safest of hands.”
Smith and Knight partners SAM Conveyancing to provide surveying services
Leading London chartered surveyors Smith & Knight are pleased to announce teaming up with SAM Conveyancing to help provide a bespoke home buying service.
SAM Conveyancing work with clients to provide a seamless home buying experience using their team of home buying professionals including RICS Surveyors, Mortgage Advisors, Insurance Providers and Removers.
Smith & Knight are set to provide friendly and professional surveying services to SAM Conveyancing’s clients. Their highly experienced team makes them the perfect partner to join up with.
SAM Conveyancing has a reputation for working with only the most talented and professional RICS Surveyors in the UK who have the up to date technology to deliver an efficient service, fully understanding the challenges that those buying property face. Smith & Knight’s chartered surveyors are fully regulated by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Marcus Simpson of SAM Conveyancing said: “We’re known to be very picky when it comes to choosing the surveyors we want to work with because they are representing our clients during one of the most stressful processes in their lives. All too often clients are promised the world but receive a service far less than they were led to expect. Smith & Knight set the mark of where good service should be and we are looking forward to working with the team.
Surveying is a highly complex area: you have to balance client needs, rigorous regulatory requirements and third party stipulations. But I have seen at first-hand how Smith & Knight catch all the balls and do it time and time again. The team just know their stuff.”
Nigel Smith FRICS (the highest RICS grade possible) said “It’s exciting to be working alongside Marcus and the team. Achieving a great service and making sure our clients are happy is paramount for us and by working with SAM Conveyancing, we see this as helping us to achieve this goal.
The conveyancing market is full of speculation; however we look to enjoy working with SAM Conveyancing and helping their clients master any challenges they may face ahead.”