How To Choose A Property Expert Witness For A Valuation Report

Under the terms of Part 2 of the Landlord and Tenant Act issued in 1954, should a dispute arise over the renewal of a lease for either a commercial or business property the issue is taken into the hands of the county, and should you find yourself in this situation the aid of a property expert witness report will be invaluable to your case. The report emerges after the exchange of factual information from the two respective parties, each of which will then use the information gathered to produce a property report to argue their side of the case. Once exchanged with the rival representative on a date well in advance of the court hearing, the report will be analysed and be the central component in the court case.

The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1954 is intended to give business the additional security of tenure and under the act a tenant using property for a business of commercial act cannot merely be evicted in the procedure of providing a notice to quit or the ending of a fixed term agreement tenancy. The Act indicates quite clearly that in the case of a property owner wishing to seek the end of a tenancy that a notice must be served allowing the tenant to respond and this is where the services of an expert witness may come into play. The case will, if not resolved between the parties, result in a County Court case in which property witnesses will be called upon to produce expert reports in order to fight and defend the case of the individuals or companies being represented.

If you are involved in any case or situation with disputes regarding commercial or business property then a property expert witness will be required and this can be sourced by a wide variety of means including solicitors and chartered surveyors. In return for the fee paid, the property witness will act on your behalf to compile the expert witness report to present your case. The property expert will provided you with knowledge, expertise and a wide range of relevant experience to assist you in the disputed property case. Not only will the expert provide you with their expert property witness report but they will also attend court, as per the norm, and present the evidence gathered and issue professional witness evidence.

As in any case centring on a form of dispute with two sides being presented the witness will be cross examined and the property report will be part of this. The property expert provided, for instance, by the charted surveyor will be fully prepared, trained and experienced in such a matter and present your case in a confident and convincing manner. The service may be offered under the title of valuation expert witness or a valuation expert witness report depending on the nature of the case but both function in the same nature and with the same purpose, to assist you in a victorious case.

In this respect therefore as with all legal matters the property witness or valuation witness has a obligation and duty to the court to ensure the information provided in either the valuation report or witness report is honest, reliable and bears credibility otherwise the whole case may be placed in jeopardy but using an expert witness from a reliable company, such as a chartered surveyor, should see you avoiding such problems.


For help with compiling a property expert witness report or valuation expert witness report speak to Mackenzie Associates.

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