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Flood Mitigation Grant Application Assistance by Bradley-Mason

Written on May 25, 2016 at 9:20 am , by bradleymason

Commercial property owners and business owners that have been flooded may be eligible to apply for a Flood Mitigation Grant (also known as a Flood Resilience Grant or Repair and Renew Grant). The purpose of …

Commercial property owners and business owners that have been flooded may be eligible to apply for a Flood Mitigation Grant (also known as a Flood Resilience Grant or Repair and Renew Grant). The purpose of this grant is to provide funding for measures designed to improve the property’s resistance or resilience to flooding, over and above any repairs that would normally be covered by insurance. Businesses may wish to apply for this grant in order to better prepare their property in the event that it may be flooded again in the future.

Bradley-Mason offers professional advice in applying for a Flood Mitigation Grant in addition to conducting the necessary initial Building Survey required for a successful application. The more critical Flood Resilience Survey can also be carried out by our experts where required.

Flood Resilience Survey

A report designed to assess the commercial property and identify any resistance and resilience options that are available in order to better protect the property against flood risks in the future. By conducting this report, clients will receive detailed information on what can be done to prevent flood damage from occurring in the future, the applications of which can be set in motion using Flood Mitigation Grant funds.

When Will I Receive the Grant?

The grant is received following the completion of the building survey and flood resilience works.  Therefore, clients will have to pay up front, the costs of any surveys and flood resilience measures they may choose to implement before getting the grant from the council.

However, written confirmation via a grant award letter will be given before any flood resilience works have been implemented, in order to properly inform the client that they will be receiving the grant. This gives clients peace of mind that they will receive a refund for any works implemented that would have been covered by the grant.

Advice When Applying for a Grant

Below is a summary of the main steps that must be taken before and after applying for a Flood Mitigation Grant:

  1. Download the report provided by the National Flood Forum, which outlines typical flood resilience measures that can be carried out to the building.

 

  1. You will need to instruct a Building Surveyor to carry out a Building Survey of the property to identify all suitable flood resilience measures.  This report will then be used to form part of your online application. Bradley Mason can carry out this survey and would be happy to provide this additional service. The grant allows for a fee of £500 for this survey to be carried out.

 

  1. Following the building survey report, quotes need to be gathered relating to the flood resilient measures identified in the building survey report. These quotes will then be attached to the online application form as evidence of the works you are going to carry out.  It is recommended that more than one quote for each type of works are submitted.

 

  1. Apply for the grant – also known as a Repair and Renew Grant – via your local County Council website. Quotes and additional information can also be included in the application form to help assist the application process

 

  1. Once the application is sent to your Local County Council, they have reviewed the application and are happy with it, you will receive a grant award letter. This will set out the works that should be undertaken and the level of the grant that will be awarded upon successful completion of these works. You will then sign an acceptance form outlining the conditions of the grant. Once we have received this letter we will look at implementing any flood resilient works into our scope of works and subsequently into the project works.

 

  1. Once all the works are complete final receipts / invoices need to be submitted to the council so that the grant funds can be released. The council expects that works are completed within three months unless we state otherwise.

 

  1. Payment will then be paid directly into your chosen bank account within 30 days.

Get In Touch

If you would like more information regarding the application process for Flood Mitigation Grants, or if you would like to find out about the other property related services offered by the Bradley-Mason team, contact us today. Please be aware that depending on your council the deadline is likely to be early June. Call us on 01423 534 604 or complete the contact form and we will get back to you.

pdf iconClick here to download a guidance document on Flood Support Schemes. For information on PLP, click here.

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Jake Hopper News

Written on May 1, 2016 at 12:57 pm , by bradleymason

Jake Hopper racing

We are always very proud to get news of young motorbike rider Jake Hopper who we sponsor; so far the 2016 one is certainly shaping up to be interesting if perhaps not a perfect as …

Jake Hopper racing

We are always very proud to get news of young motorbike rider Jake Hopper who we sponsor; so far the 2016 one is certainly shaping up to be interesting if perhaps not a perfect as Jake himself would hope.

Jake had a great time at Llandow in South Wales with Coolfab racing even though the weather was mixed to say the least. He qualified 1st and then 4th which meant he got to start towards the front of the grid and fight for 1st place from the off. Sadly he may have pushed a bit hard and came off his bike, not to be put off he jumped back on a managed to still finish 10th. He then went on to grab 3rd in the following two races which meant he was on the podium and got to meet British Superbike Rider Filip Blacklund who was giving out the medals.

Another very exciting part of the day was the fact the Kawasaki Team were there and they seemed to take a shine to Jake as he worked his way around the paddock chatting with adults and fellow young riders a like. It is a key skill that teams look for so it was wonderful to hear Jake was making a good impression. Jake also had a chance to talk about his crash with the Downforce radio presenter as well as having one of the races broadcast live.

The next race was certainly a wet one, it rained from the moment Jake and the team arrived to the moment they left. He managed to qualify 8th which was not something Jake was pleased about but seeing as he was actually knocked off his bike by a back marker we think he did very well. One of the races was televised which was exciting news and Jake managed 5th in that one, however he was complaining about a lack of power. This carried on on the Sunday when he grabbed and 6th place and 7th place where there was only a second between the top 8 riders!

Since then the bike has been re built and the team are testing ready for Jake’s favourite track; Rowrah in Cumbria…fingers crossed it’s dry and we can report some great results.

 

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BM’s Young sponsor ready for the international season

Written on March 10, 2016 at 3:55 pm , by bradleymason

 We’re proud to ‪#‎sponsor‬ 11 yr old Jake Hopper – check out his new bike ready for his race in Spain.

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To find out more http://www.bradley-mason.com/jake-hopper/…

 We’re proud to ‪#‎sponsor‬ 11 yr old Jake Hopper – check out his new bike ready for his race in Spain.

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To find out more http://www.bradley-mason.com/jake-hopper/

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Toolstation 200th store opening

Written on March 1, 2016 at 1:27 pm , by bradleymason

25th February marks the completion of our 200th Trade Counter in
partnership with @ToolstationUK spanning a 9 year period

 

25th February marks the completion of our 200th Trade Counter in
partnership with @ToolstationUK spanning a 9 year period

 

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Flood Resilience and Repair Grant

Written on March 1, 2016 at 1:20 pm , by bradleymason

If you have been affected by the recent flooding, speak to us regarding the Flood Resilience and Repair Grant and measures you can implement to improve your property’s resilience against future flooding.

If you have been affected by the recent flooding, speak to us regarding the Flood Resilience and Repair Grant and measures you can implement to improve your property’s resilience against future flooding.

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Projects in progress after recent flooding

Written on February 2, 2016 at 12:08 pm , by bradleymason

1382249_434825996727971_1413031964764207956_nWe are working with 2 clients to prepare and project manage their flood damaged property.  A multi occupied site in Kirkstall Leeds, and the Tadcaster Medical Centre were both hit by the recent weather.  Working …

1382249_434825996727971_1413031964764207956_nWe are working with 2 clients to prepare and project manage their flood damaged property.  A multi occupied site in Kirkstall Leeds, and the Tadcaster Medical Centre were both hit by the recent weather.  Working in teams Bradley Mason will ensure quick turn around to put the property back to full working condition.

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RICS Dilapidations Course

Written on February 2, 2016 at 11:57 am , by bradleymason

3 of BM’s Chartered Surveyors have spent 4 days in London over the last couple of weeks to complete the ‪#‎RICS‬ Certificate in Dilapidations course. This highlighted that current protocol and practises are being …

3 of BM’s Chartered Surveyors have spent 4 days in London over the last couple of weeks to complete the ‪#‎RICS‬ Certificate in Dilapidations course. This highlighted that current protocol and practises are being followed within BM and confirmed our current strategic approach to Dilaps is the best way forward to avoid unnecessary costs.

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BM Today

Written on August 18, 2015 at 5:06 pm , by bradleymason

Julian carried out a Survey for Dunelm and Richard Houghton was in Bradford and Pontefract.…

Julian carried out a Survey for Dunelm and Richard Houghton was in Bradford and Pontefract.

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Party walls, boundary disputes and how to resolve them: a step-by-step guide

Written on January 28, 2014 at 9:00 am , by bradleymason

A party wall is a wall or boundary that is shared by multiple owners or tenants.  Ownership is a complex matter that may require chartered building consultancy to resolve – is the party wall jointly …

A party wall is a wall or boundary that is shared by multiple owners or tenants.  Ownership is a complex matter that may require chartered building consultancy to resolve – is the party wall jointly owned, partly owned or owned by one of the parties exclusively?

 

The UK Party Wall etc. Act 1996 aims to prevent, reduce and resolve disputes surrounding party walls and must be considered in addition to standard planning permission processes, where appropriate.  It’s essential to consider the legislation surrounding party walls if you want to adapt, improve or replace existing structures – otherwise you could end up facing tedious (and costly) legal proceedings.  Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on altering a party wall in future.

 

It’s important to understand that – as the name suggests – multiple parties may claim joint ownership of party walls.  Previously, due to a lack of detailed legislation regarding the disputes surrounding party walls, even the smallest of renovations could have resulted in significant legal battles.  The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 essentially introduced a standardised, simplified system to deal with such boundary disputes.

 

Step 1 – Does my project fall under the terms of the Act?

If you wish to carry out building work that involves altering an existing party structure, building a new boundary wall, or excavating near a neighbouring building (within 3-6 m), then the Act requires that you notify any neighbours who may share the boundary with you.

 

Examples of common types of building work that fall under the above categories include raising the height of the party wall (to build additional storeys), to rebuild a structurally defective party structure, or to simply repair it.  Extremely minor work on party walls, including adding sockets or plaster, doesn’t usually require a notice under the UK Party Wall etc. Act.

 

Step 2 – Obtaining permission

If you obtain written permission from the adjoining owner to proceed with the work, even after agreeing an amendment to the plan, you may continue development as normal.  It’s important to note again that even when an agreement with your neighbours is reached, planning permission and compliance with building regulations are both still required for any development to go ahead.  If you are not able to obtain written consent within 14 days, you must solve the dispute using the framework outlined in the Act.

 

Step 3 – What if we can’t reach an agreement?

If you are unable to reach an agreement with the adjoining owners, the next step is to work with them to appoint an ‘agreed surveyor.’  Alternatively, both parties could appoint surveyors who would then, in turn, agree on a third surveyor.  The appointment surveyor’s task is to resolve the dispute as fairly as possible.  Anyone who is not a party to the dispute can be appointed as surveyor.

 

Step 4 – After the surveyor’s decision

The surveyor’s decision is final and binding unless it is rescinded upon appeal by the court. However, this stage can be costly, should your appeal fail. For further details on each stage of the process, the Department for Communities and Local Government has put together a full explanatory booklet on the Act that should help to answer any remaining questions.

Bradley-Mason LLP is on hand to help resolve any party wall or boundary disputes you may have in future, and to assist with development once those disputes have been rectified.  Contact us today and we’ll help you understand the steps you can take next, offering expert advice for both building owners and adjoining tenants.

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Becoming a commercial tenant: what you need to consider

Written on January 21, 2014 at 12:01 pm , by bradleymason

While some businesses might own the premises they operate from, for others, renting an office, workshop, factory or storage facility is far more cost-efficient.  Leasing a commercial property allows your business the flexibility it needs …

While some businesses might own the premises they operate from, for others, renting an office, workshop, factory or storage facility is far more cost-efficient.  Leasing a commercial property allows your business the flexibility it needs to grow, so should you want to expand or change the location of your business, you could simply wait until your lease is up and move on.  However, there is more to a commercial lease than finding the right property and paying the rent on time.  At Bradley-Mason LLP, we can offer commercial tenants lease acquisition services including building surveys, leave reviews, advice on licence for alterations and much more, to ensure a happy, hassle-free tenancy, but here are four things you should consider before signing anything!

 What is being leased

It is highly likely that your rent will be one of your largest financial outgoings, so it’s important to know what you’re getting for your money.  A lease review carried out by a building surveyor could check whether your lease includes only the office area you require or additional rooms, corridors and access to outdoor areas, as well as parking and other communal areas.  The building surveyor can also calculate the square footage of the property and check that what is stated in the lease is correct.  If you don’t know exactly what is included in your lease, you won’t know whether or not you’re getting a good deal.

The condition of the premises

Before agreeing to anything, the tenant should have a clear understanding of what they are taking on.  If the condition of the premises is not adequate but the landlord has stated in writing that certain changes will be made in order to comply with applicable laws, such as those relating to disability access and that the building systems are in good working order, then such changes must be made before the commencement date.  If the landlord fails to make the changes in time then you are effectively paying for something to which you did not agree.

Security deposit

When leasing a property, whether it is commercial or residential, you can expect to pay a security deposit in advance.  The conditions of a security deposit will differ between properties, with some landlords giving allowances for general wear and tear.  In order to get your full deposit back at the end of your tenancy, you will need to ensure the property is returned as per the landlord’s requests as stipulated in your lease agreement.  If you do not, you could be served with a Schedule of Dilapidations which lists the allegations, suggested remedial works plus the costs, which are often taken from the security deposit.

What the landlord will provide

When leasing a property, you really will have to investigate every inch of your agreement to ensure that everything you expect to be included actually is.  From electricity, gas and water, to being able to use the workspace after normal working hours, should you want to work or open late.  Again, your lease review carried out by a chartered surveyor can investigate this for you.  It is important to discover exactly what is included so that the running of your business is not interrupted.

When leasing a commercial property there is a lot of consider, but this needn’t mean it has to be particularly stressful or complex process.  With the right professional help and guidance, you can enjoy the flexibility and success a commercial property provides you with in no time at all and with little disruption to your business or your life.  If you would like further information on the range of building consultancy and project management services Bradley-Mason LLP can offer, contact the team today.

 

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