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This Birmingham RICS Surveyors Expert Witness report report related to an extension with lantern roof that had been constructed in the place of a relocated conservatory. The relocted conservatory was at high risk of fracturing as no ground preperation had been undertaken before pouring the concrete foundations. The extension floor has been laid at the wrong level and had a slope in it as it approched the existing house. The slope has created a dam that filled up whist the extension roof had yet to be constructed vausing a pond of water to distort the existing dwellings door. It appears that the installation of the underfloor heating elements had been forgotten when pouring the floor as channels had been retrospetively cut out to house them. Unfortuantely the channles beared no relationship to any underfloor heting elements on the market and made no provision for insulation to stop heat loss ot the ground. The channels would also have resulted in the heating elements being too widly spaced The the roof structure had not been bolted together properly and steel lintels were sitting on out of plumb bearings which are likely to cause the bearing to try and rotate. A bock wall rocked when pushed with a hand. Our RICS Expert Surveyor thought that the extension would have to be demolished.
Defects included thick joints with ragged edges and no attempt made to clean off the grout. Tiles not set in plumb with bead strips used to edge the windows. Failure to use a bead strip at an internal corner resulting in unclean joints. Grout left all over the bath and the owners tile floor. Neither horizontal or vertical joints are in alignment. The £750.00 paid by the owner for the work is a complete waste of money as all the tiles will have to be removed do anything like a proper job. Failure of the job will be due to simple ommissions of using tile spacers a corner bead and spirit level.
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Steve Butler has experience of preparing reports for the above purposes and has appeared in court both as an expert witness Regina v Ronalds Reeves and Others (2015), and unusualy for a Chartered Surevyor as an advocate before the Land Registration Property Chamber in the Dawson v Smith (2013) Right of Way case.
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Expert Reports for County Court are prepared in a special format ensuring that the Surveyor has for filled his duty to act impartially on behalf of the court. They also ensure that matters that the Surveyor has decided for himself, matters of fact and opinion and information received from other parties are all clearly explained to the court.
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RICS Expert Witness Certificate
Steve Butler is currently undertaking the RICS Expert Witness Training Certificate to ensure that my expert reports for Boundaries, Rights of Way, Property Valuations, Negilgent Surveys and Workmanship Disputes continue to be of the highest standard.
The thirty hour course includes Agreeing the Terms of Engagement, Managing the Appointment, Expert Meetings, Effective Report Writing and the all important Witness Box. As part of the course an expert report was prepared for cross examination in the witness box by a leading barrister.
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