Legal matters and the Chartered Building Surveyor’s report

Though it is ultimately the responsibility of legal advisers to check relevant documents, it is most often the case that they will not be familiar with the property in question. It is vital, therefore, that Chartered Building Surveyors clearly highlight all legal issues which may affect the sale or purchase of a property. The most common legal issues to be considered include: The Protected Structure status of a property. Properties may also be located within zones of archaeological interest including Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Area (SPA) or a Natural Heritage Area (NHA). Compliance concerns with regards to Planning Permissions and Building Regulations for extensions and other alterations to a ... »»»»»

Extra information you can expect from your survey

Arising from the new guidance notes, Kelleher Chartered Building Surveyors will be including the following additional information as standard. Radon Building Surveyors are keenly aware of the significant health risks and consequences associated with high radon levels. On foot of a typical inspection, radon risk maps may be consulted and in some situations the installation of detector kits may be recommended to measure and ascertain the radon levels over a three month period. While naturally not everyone may be able to wait three months it is the Surveyor’s obligation to inform clients of the potential risks associated with high levels of radon gas.. Septic tanks Defective septic tanks can pose a significant health and safety ... »»»»»

SCSI Guidance Note Clarifies Services of Chartered Building Surveyors

The Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland (SCSI) has recently released a Best Practice document which will establish the role, functions ans services of Chartered Building Surveyors. Under these new guidelines a clear framework has been established that seeks to ensure and expand the use of definitive standards of quality throughout all services that SCSI members are engaged in. Reporting, in particular has been focused on. The guidelines establish three different types of residential surveys. Residential Survey Type 1 An initial visual inspection (without tests) followed by a report on the condition of the building, its services and its grounds. It will seek to highlight for the client any relevant legal issues which may ... »»»»»

Up to 50,000 Irish properties at risk of flooding

Surveyors launch new guide for homeowners dealing with flooding "Drawing up a flood plan in advance is key" Friday 3rd January 2014: The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) has warned that there is an increasing likelihood that flooding will affect more properties in Ireland due to changing weather patterns and the amount of new buildings constructed on low lying areas in recent years. The SCSI, which is the representative body for surveyors and estate agents, said it’s estimated that between 40 and 50,000 properties are currently at risk of flooding in Ireland. Speaking at the launch of a new guide which covers all aspects of flooding, the Society’s Kevin Hollingsworth urged homeowners and prospective buyers to be ... »»»»»

Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013

Assigned Certifiers, who can be registered architects, engineers or building surveyors, will inspect building works at key stages during construction. The Assigned Certifier and the builders will both certify that a finished building complies with the requirements of the building regulations. The Building Control Regulations and Building Regulations were first introduced in 1992. The original Building Control Act included a provision for certificates of compliance in relation to the Building Regulations. After consultation with the industry stakeholders, the Minister for Environment, Communities and Local Government has just recently signed the Ministerial Order giving effect to the Amended Regulations. This will have a ... »»»»»