CHARTED SURVEYORS REPRESENTING HOMEOWNERS AFFECTED BY THE THREAT OF COMPULSORY PURCHASE
In 2008, our Director Dan Knowles was living in the middle of a housing estate which was under threat of Compulsory Purchase. He was already a Surveyor but wasn't working in Compulsory Purchase.
Many years before, as a 16-17 year old, he spent half a year homeless. He learned the importance of having a secure roof over his head. When his home was later threatened by Compulsory Purchase, those old feelings of protecting your rights came flooding back.
From 2008 till 2013, he specialised in Compulsory Purchase working for Councils and Developers, building and promoting Compulsory Purchase Orders. In 2011, he also began to represent homeowners.
In 2013, he set up Sawyer Fielding to work for homeowners. Dan believes that homeowners have the right to be treated fairly, to have regeneration happen with them, not to them. He believes that homeowners should receive settlements that enable them to get on with the rest of their lives, without the scars of what is otherwise a difficult process to live through. Dan also believes that homeowners should use a Surveyor who specialises rather than a 'have a go' Surveyor. Most Council's, developers or housing associations use specialists. Homeowners doing the same merely levels the playing field, ready for negotiations.
The company initially helped homeowners predominantly in the boroughs of Barnet and Ealing. In recent years, we have expanded our service to cover all of London and surrounding areas, working on some of the most high profile regeneration schemes around.
We have grown from strength to strength over the years, now employing a team of likeminded Chartered Surveyors and other team members. We are widely recognised within the Industry as the most experienced and we like to think, the best team in the UK who help homeowners.
Dan, himself, has been awarded Fellowship status of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, an accolade bestowed to the most experienced and influential Chartered Surveyors.
We also set up our own Sawyer Fielding Gives back service, where we donate significant amounts of money to housing related charities. We’re very proud in what we do.
As for Dan, he is still at the helm leading everything we do, protecting the rights of homeowners. He now also regularly presents to groups of homeowners, professional associations and those working within the industry. He also sits on the RICS Compulsory Purchase expert panel and co-wrote the RICS guide to Compulsory Purchase.
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WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT
We Understand! We get it! We don’t just value and negotiate like many Chartered Surveyors will. We’re with our clients every step of the way. If you’re considering shared equity, we’ll get to know the scheme and negotiate how it works if possible. If you want to buy elsewhere, we’ll help you find somewhere. We’ll speak with solicitors and with mortgage brokers. If you need disability adjustments to your new home, we can help. If you are a Landlord, we’ll explain how to roll over your Capital Gains tax and how to evict your tenant without giving local solicitors thousands of pounds. We’re here from start to finish helping you with your sale, your purchase and guiding you through what may be a very legalistic and stressful process.
We do this because we understand that individual circumstances provide individual needs. We do this because we are professional and passionate about what we do.