Utility and other statutory companies relating to water, electricity, gas and telecommunications (such as Severn Trent Water, Central Networks, BT, Mobile Phone Operators, Network Rail) and other Local Authorities and Highway Authorities will often request access onto your property to do works to their assets, apparatus or to construct/erect new apparatus or facilities.
Local Authorities and Highways Authorities, or their contractors may look to agree access to your land for other purposes such as storage of equipment or materials. The Utility Companies and Highways Authorities may also look to compulsorily purchase your land or purchase by agreement, whether this is for new sewerage facilities or road widening.
Water companies laying new pipes, renewing old pipes or repairing old ones.
Electricity companies renewing cables, re-directing supplies or laying underground cables.
Telecommunications companies whether it be BT or mobile phone operators wanting to take access to maintain equipment, renew poles or re-direct supplies.
Network Rail taking access to repair tracks, ground and embankment investigation and maintenance.
National Grid repairing gas pipes or renewing supplies.
Vehicle accidents and third party access.
Crop and forage damage through straying livestock.
Damage claims for insurance purposes
Take informed advice from the start to ensure your position is fully protected. We advise that professional representation and advice is sought before access is permitted to any authority, or their contractors. Once the authority or contractors are on site, your negotiation position is already weak.
Madeleys Chartered Surveyors have detailed knowledge and experience, when it comes to dealing with such third parties. We negotiate terms in a determined manner to ensure that the client’s needs are put first, with the best possible settlement and outcome. We regularly deal with and assist house owners, farmers, landowners, tenants and occupiers with schemes. We are successful in ensuring the best outcomes for our clients.
It should be noted that your agents and legal fees will be paid by the acquiring authority or utility company. This should always be pursued.
We are able to take the stress out of the situation for you by dealing with the third party on a daily basis, documenting all issues and occurrences, negotiating accommodation works and the value of the compensation claim including, any disturbance or injurious affection which may affect you or your business.
As soon as you receive notice that a third party intends to take entry onto your property, contact Madeleys Chartered Surveyors immediately for advice.