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Setting boundaries

Simon Levy explains what is required of a chartered building surveyor acting as expert witness

11 March 2005

Here are some gems I have heard:

  • He’s built that extension on my land and I’m going next door to knock his block off!;
  • Come round to check my conservatory – I think it’s going to fall down;
  • My builder has just walked off the job – I’ve paid him all his money and the work’s only half done;
  • I’ve scaled my Land Registry plan and I know that my boundary is two feet further over on to their land so I’m going to move the fence tonight whilst they’re sleeping – they won’t notice!;
  • Why are the leaseholders not paying rent – the damp and cracks aren’t that bad and do they really need a workingbathroom?;
  • He started work on the party wall without telling me and knocked a big hole in it – look at these bloody cracks!

So what’s an expert witness?

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