From Mews muse: Council would not pay compensation, so asked for a refund of my building notice fee instead. It took a while to get them to agree to any refund but in the end have agreed to refund half the BN fee.
Hi Jed - thanks for your comment regarding our problem with our balcony. We are at the moment trying to find a reasonably priced surveyor. Two quotes so far are £250 plus vat and £90 per hour plus vat and this surveyor says it will take about 2 and a half to three hours. We are talking about a very small balcony, and we are retired on a fixed income. I have no idea what a reasonable price would be so just have to keep ploughing through the local companies. We will be following your advice and have already draughed a letter ready to send to the builder once we have a proffesional report. Kind regards Sheila
Just got your post through the forum, in reply to my post 'recommendations for a good survey'. Thanks very much for your comment - makes total sense. The next question is whether you do Surveys in London, and specifically Islington. To be honest the most important part for me would be the one to one discussion, as opposed to the report itself (we have already satisfied the mortgage company with their survey) so your approach sounds exactly like what we are looking for.