Help

Need help or advice on common property issues?  At Oldfield Smith & Co our friendly professional staff are here to assist.

Property is essential to almost every business, but it can be a complex and confusing commodity, with many unfamiliar terms.

Whether you own or rent, property can be your most valuable asset and largest liability.  Making informed, knowledgeable decisions from the outset can ensure that your property always works for you, providing the environment you need for your business to grow and flourish.

The best way to achieve this is to take formal advice from a qualified professional, usually either Chartered Surveyors like ourselves or your Solicitor.  At Oldfield Smith & Co we are happy to discuss any issue with you and do not charge for initial consultations.  We provide support, guidance and advice to landlords and tenants, big and small – even those who have never bought or rented commercial property before and have no idea where to start!

So for friendly, competent and straight-forward advice, call Richard Oldfield or Bernard Smith on 01825 762222.  The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin working to help you.

In the meantime, the following information leaflets from the RICS might be useful :

Look for “regulated by RICS”

 

Business_rates

Buy_or_lease

Construction_and_alterations

Dilapidations *see below also for a more detailed consumer guide

Finding_the_right_premises

Keeping_good_property_records

Making_the_most_of_space

Planning_permission

Planning_property_cash_flow

Property_insurance

Renewing_a_lease

Rent_reviews

Sales_assignments_and_sublettings

Service_charges

Taking_a_lease

Taking_a_license

Tax_allowances_on_property

Valuations

 

RICS Small Business Property Guide (incorporates all of the above guides into a single document)

 

A clear guide to flooding for property owners

A clear, impartial guide to subsidence

A clear, impartial guide to dilapidations

A clear, impartial guide to right to light

 

Additional (non-RICS) guidance notes :

Party Wall etc. Act 1996 – Explanatory Booklet

Business Rates – an introduction

Business Rates – reductions for a material change of circumstances

Managing Asbestos In Buildings – HSE *

 

* Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence.  For more information click here.