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Covid advice for surveyors

Dear All

Please feel free to share this information with colleagues and other interested parties, directly or via social media. If doing so, please reference that the information was provided by the Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA).

I'm sure that many of you are concerned about additional restrictions being imposed as a result of Covid 19 outbreaks which may affect the area you live in.

Sifting through Government advice can be quite tricky and so I have attempted to summarise the information that you may require.

The following applies to Surveyors operating in England only.

Although the guidance in lockdown areas seems to follow a similar pattern, Surveyors operating in Wales should follow the advice given here Wales, and those operating in Northern Ireland should follow the advice given here NIreland

In England:-

Working within other people's homes is covered by Government advice issued on 11th May and updated 15th October.

That advice can be found here Working in peoples homes and specifically mentions Surveyors.

This advice has not changed even for areas covered by individual local restrictions within Covid alert levels 2 (High) and 3 (Very High).

You can find out if you live in a level 2 or level 3 area What alert level am I in?

The details of restrictions in level 2 (High) alert areas are given Restrictions in High level 2 areas

The details of restrictions in level 3 (Very high) alert areas are given Restrictions in Very High level 3 areas

For both level 2 and level 3 areas, additional restrictions to the visiting of homes are exempted for those working in people's homes, provided they are working safely as detailed in the guidance identified above.

So, unless you are displaying Coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating, or have been advised to isolate by NHS Test & Trace or the NHS COVIS19 app, then Surveyors can carry on working subject to usual Covid-19 and PPE requirements.

You should continue to check local news and information outlets for additional restrictions that may be applied in your local area.

Alan Milstein

RPSA Chairman

Setting the standards in residential property surveying

Tel 07905 259293

Email chairman@rpsa.org.uk

08000 933 502

www.rpsa.org.uk

Hilders Lodge, Ide Hill Road, Bough Beech, Edenbridge Kent TN8 7PW

Registered in England & Wales No 05664607

Judges Comments and Opinions regarding Dr. Antino

  • The party wall world is relatively small, the stage of this world contains a number of well-known players, Mr Antino is one of these well-known players and so are his owners instructing solicitor Mr Ashley Bean of Thirsk Winton

    HHJ Bailey - [2016]
  • The Claimants have a very experienced legal team comprising Mr David Mayall of lambchambers & Mr Ashley Bean of thirsK winton and their surveyro Dr. Philip Antino. The evidence in particular of the Defendant’s plans for both the Accessway and the plans and how it impacted upon the Claimants business was important information that The Defendants ahd not provided when requested.

    HHJ Freedland QC - [2021]
  • "Mr Antino is a palpable witness, Mr Antino's explanation of the unique attributes of the "Thompson Plan" greatly assisted the Court to understand the location and extent of the claimants’ boundaries” (Best & Best v Perkins & Dennis in the County Court at Luton).

    HHJ Hildyard - [2015]
  • The appeal was a preliminary hearing of two points in respect of an Award served by Mr Antino and a surveyor appointed by Mr Antino under s.10(4) on behalf of the Building Owners the Appellants. HHJ Luba QC sitting in the Central London County Court held "In my judgment the Award is valid, the use of s.10(4) was the appropriate procedure given the Building Owners refusal to appoint a surveyor. A dispute had arisen that satisfied s.10 procedures, The Award is an impressive piece of work". Schmid v Hulls and Athananasou).

    HHJ Luba QC - [2016]
  • “Mr Antino is an acknowledged expert in the field of party wall issues.”

    HHJ Murfitt QC 2013 - [2015]
  • “I have known Philip for many years as a surveyor, he is a very good surveyor, as this book shows he is a very good author and this book can only advance his reputation”

    HHJ Philip Bartle QC - [2012]
  • “In the appeal of an ex-parte Award served by Mr Antino on behalf of the respondents, in my judgment the respondent is correct. Mr Antino’s contention that it is not a matter for negotiation directly between one surveyor and the other surveyor’s client. Since I have determined that the ex-parte Award was valid the court is still able to determine the Award and under the statutory powers to modify the Award if appropriate. I am grateful to Mr Antino suggesting that I now determine the Award issue “I accept that Mr Antino’s hourly rate is not in my judgment unreasonable. It follows that the fee set out in the ex-parte Award had been properly justified and I therefore award Mr Antino’s fees”. (Bansal v Myers Romford County Court).

    HHJ Platt - [2007]

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