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July-18 Technical Bulletin 29


- High rise buildings

-Waistell and Williams -v- Network Rail

-Japanese Knotweed 

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Assessing the safety of high-rise buildings
The fire at London’s Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017 was a human tragedy. As the disaster continues to be covered by the media and numerous investigations roll on, this article will focus on issues likely to be of concern to residential practitioners.As ever, we try to provide suggestions on both evaluating the issues and reporting to clients...

Microbore heating systems
Many heating systems in the UK still use microbore piping. Here, we take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of microbore piping and how best to report on it.
Microbore pipes were introduced in the 1970s and were hailed as an innovative plumbing material for central heating systems. The piping comes on rolls and consists of copper pipe with a thickness between 8 mm and 10 mm...

The fitness for human habitation bill
The Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards (Homes) Bill was introduced by Karen Buck, the Labour MP for Westminster North.  First presented before the Grenfell Tower disaster, the bill was initially defeated by Conservative MPs. However, in the wake of Grenfell and with a swell of public opinion backing stricter sanctions on irresponsible landlords, this new version of the bill has gained the full support of the government...

Rodent infestations

At  Sava, we handle complaints on behalf of surveyors on a regular basis and from direct experience know that homeowners are not best pleased if they move into a property to find they’re sharing it with unwanted house guests. We’re focusing predominantly on rat and mice infestations as these species have adapted well to
the human environment, have health implications, are common pests and can cause much upset if found in the home...


Japanese knotweed research
You may be asking why we’re covering Japanese knotweed again. At Sava, we spend a disproportionately large amount of time dealing with complaints and potential claims arising from Japanese knotweed and, while it has been an issue for a long time, it feels as though the public’s reaction to it is now bordering on the hysterical. For this reason, we feel it’s worth covering again. In this Technical Bulletin, we look at recent research from Dr Dan Jones, Managing Director of Advanced Invasives Limited and an Honorary Researcher in Swansea University Department of Biosciences...

Japanese knotweed - understanding the plant
Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica var. japonica), is one of a number of knotweed species, introduced into Europe in the mid-19th century (1841) by Philipp Franz Balthasar von Siebold, a German botanist and physician living in The Netherlands. In 1850 he sent a specimen of Japanese knotweed to Kew Gardens in London. Kew offered the plant for sale to local commercial nurseries, and by 1854, knotweed had travelled as far as the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh...

PCA welcomes Japanese knotweed research
The Property Care Association (PCA) welcomes the new research which looks at the treatment options for Japanese Knotweed.  We have long advocated the need for a highly specialised treatment regime for Japanese knotweed...

Japanese knotweed - a surveyors perspective
Following research by Dr Dan Jones, Chartered Surveyor, Biologist and Environmentalist, David Gregson considers its impact on property professionals moving forwards. As a residential surveyor providing surveys and valuations for purchasers, I have based my working practices regarding Japanese knotweed on the received wisdom and general guidance available to the profession...

Important changes to the pre-action protocol...
Claimants bringing professional negligence claims against surveyors have long been required to follow the relevant pre-action Protocol. The Protocol aims to give parties the best opportunity to settle their dispute, without the need to start Court proceedings. In early May 2018, an important amendment was introduced to the Protocol...


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