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26
August

Where are my Title Land Registry deeds, and do I need them?

What are title deeds? Title deeds are paper documents showing the chain of ownership for land and property. They can include: conveyances;contracts for sale;wills;mortgages; andleases. Where are my title deeds? HM Land Registry records are digital, so they don’t store paper title deeds anymore. Generally, they only have the original title deeds when land or property is registered…

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15
June

When Do I Need a Fire Evacuation Plan?

As an employer or landlord, you have a legal responsibility to ensure that the building you own/occupy or rent out has adequate fire safety equipment and procedures to keep all safe in the event of an emergency. It is a legal requirement to have a fire evacuation plan and procedure in place if the property…

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10
July

What is an EPC?

Where Do EPCs Come from and when Did they get Introduced? Energy Performance Certificate were introduced 1St August 2007 along side the ill prepared Home information Packs (HIPS). EPCs continued to be a required piece of legislation when HIPS were dropped from legislation in May 2010. They are a direct result of European Union Directive 2002/91/EC relating…

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15
July

What are Land Registry Plans?

Land Registry Plans come under 2 Sections Land Registry Title Plan Land Registry Lease Plan. What does Land Registry compliant mean?  Since 2002, it has become the law for lease plans to be compliant with guidelines set out by the Land Registry, largely for consistency purposes. To be compliant with the Land Registry guidelines, a…

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22
July

What Affects an EPC?

BEST Compliance get asked many times by clients why their EPC's come out with a poor rating, there are many factors that affect this including: Activity of building, offices always come off worse than a warehouse storage due to the high demand of electricity and heating.  Age of buildings, for example older single skin solid walls…

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3
July

United Kingdom have committed to being Zero Carbon by 2050, How will this affect us?

The United Kingdom have become the first major economy in the world to pass legislative law to end our contribution to global warming by 2050. The United Kingdom has already reduced emissions by 42% compared from the 1990 levels. The new goal will be to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050,…

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1
April

The Dreaded G Grade Problem on a Retail Property.

BEST Compliance were introduced to a Landlord in trouble via an acquaintance on a network event. The landlord had been given the dreaded G grade, this meant he could not legally rent out the property until improvements had been made. The landlord straight away called an electrician who gave his advice, whilst being sound advice…

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19
April

The Answer May Be Right Above You!

BEST Compliance have been asked to carry out a commercial EPC on a Laundrette in the Peak District. The Laundry had been open for 12 years and I learnt whilst on site that the business had moved because of a rent review. The Laundry had been struggling a little in recent times and the landlord…

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29
July

Lighting History

Lighting History  Many believe Thomas Edison Invented the first light bulb, this is debatable Sir Joseph Wilson Swan from Sunderland invented the first low Voltage High current Light Bulb in 1850 whilst Thomas Alva Edison didn't invent his Incandescent light bulb until 1879, however both these were predated by Sir Humphry Davy of Penzance, England.…

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12
August

Land Registry Title Plans

Overview Under rule 5 of the Land Registration Rules 2003, the property register of a registered estate in land will contain a description of the registered estate which must refer to a plan based on the Ordnance Survey map and known as the title plan. Basing our title plans on Ordnance Survey mapping enables us…

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