HELPING HOMEOWNERS AFFECTED BY THE THIRD RUNWAY PROPOSALS AT HEATHROW
See our timeline below for an indicative idea of what to expect and when. We are already at stage 5.
Stage 01: Heathrow proposals shortlisted
Stage 02: Government initial support
Stage 03: National Policy Statement
Stage 04: Judicial Reviews
Stage 05: Main Consultation exercise
Stage 06: Bond scheme interest
Stage 07: Bond scheme valuations
Stage 08: Enter into a bond
Stage 09: Development Consent Order (DCO)
Stage 10: Decision to proceed by Heathrow
Stage 11: Bond scheme rights can be exercised
Stage 12: Sale and Disturbance compensation claim
Heathrow’s third runway proposals have no doubt created an uncertain time for homeowners and an anxiety around what will happen next. Their consultation is amongst the most wide ranging and exhaustive of any that we have known but undoubtedly, homeowners will still have more questions. How much someone sells for is crucial if the third runway proposals are to treat homeowners in a fair manner. With challenging market conditions, knowing how much your budget is and being able to sell and buy elsewhere efficiently is essential for homeowners.
Helping homeowners relocate
Finding somewhere to buy can be both challenging, fun and sometimes stressful. When the time comes to look, let us help you by putting suggestions forward of properties we believe may be suitable. We’ll discuss your budget and requirements and do some of the running for you. Think of us as your very own ‘Kirsty and Phil’ service from Location Location Location but with more hair and less banter.
We’ll also liaise with solicitors, mortgage brokers and Heathrow’s own relocation team to help you where we can.
We shall provide a very comprehensive Market Valuation report to our homeowner clients, identifying Market Value and backing up any suggestions we make with appropriate evidence. Our duty of care is to homeowners who appoint us and the level of our valuation shall be independent and impartial.
There will be two Market Valuation reports provided. Heathrow will appoint a firm of Chartered Surveyors from their panel. Homeowners can appoint a firm at Heathrow’s expense.
Advising on the process
As the Development Consent Order tracks through Parliament and your own bond scheme price fluctuates with the market, we’ll keep you informed providing accurate and up to date information.
We recognise that you have a choice of which Chartered Surveyor to use. We expect that most homeowners will choose to appoint their own rather than using Heathrow’s panel of companies it chooses.
In Sawyer Fielding, you will be appointing the most experienced team of residential Valuers under Compulsory Purchase in the UK. Heathrow suggest that homeowners appoint a firm with Compulsory Purchase experience. Well firms don’t come more experienced than our team who have negotiated over a thousand deals.
Because of our understanding of the Development Consent Order process, we will be able to advise you each step of the way what is happening and how it affects you.
Because we expect to represent large numbers of homeowners, our database of transactions to base our evidence on will likely be larger than any other company you could choose.
Lastly, we know what you’re going through and how we can help. Our Director Dan Knowles MRICS lost his own home to Compulsory Purchase years ago and has instilled a professionalism and empathy in his team.
We believe we’re the best and hope you’ll be impressed with the service we offer.
...AND YOU MAY ALSO BE ENTITLED TO
First off, let’s be clear to correct one common misunderstanding. Disturbance compensation and the 25%, 10% or 7.5% resident or non resident owners receive are completely separate. Qualifying homeowners receive both.
Disturbance compensation is to cover certain costs and losses associated with selling, moving or buying. The table below gives some examples of typical items of claim. It is indicative only so please do speak with us to clarify exactly what you’d be entitled to.
HOW TO claim DISTURBANCE compensation
This is where you get your receipts together and submit a claim after you have sold. We can of course help with this too, providing the legal basis for each element of claim that we believe should be paid for.
There are three other key principles of disturbance compensation that it is worth BEING AWARE OF
When you can claim
Six years after you have sold or your property has been taken through exercising of Compulsory Purchase Powers, you will lose the right to an Independent binding assessment of the claim. This means if agreement has not been reached, you would have no right to refer the matter to the Independent Lands Chamber.
We have known one landowner (thankfully not a client of ours) lose over £500,000 because he did not agree his claim or refer the matter to the Lands Chamber in time. The acquiring authority reassessed the claim as £nil and there was nothing that could be done about it.
On a pragmatic basis, the Lands Chamber which is also available to resolve a disputed Market Value, is too expensive and time consuming to be worthwhile. It can often take a year to get a judgment and may cost tens of thousands of pounds. Both sides should use the Chamber only as a very last resort.
For non resident owners, their replacement property must also be acquired within one year of when they sold or were dispossessed under the Compulsory Purchase. It must also be an equivalent investment property.
Strictly, disturbance compensation entitlement does not materialise until a property has been lost to Compulsory Purchase. However, most acquiring authorities will suggest that they buy properties on Compulsory Purchase terms. When there is an agreed sale, entitlement to disturbance compensation is then governed by the sale contract. We will always provide some wording to solicitors that we recommend is incorporated into the sale contracts.
Do make sure that your solicitors follow through with this. It is important as we have known some refuse to pay out on items because their contract says something slightly differently.
Disturbance compensation is all about equivalence – making sure you are no better or worse off. For example, stamp duty is typically paid but only up to the amount if you bought somewhere with the same Market Value that you sold at.
If entering a bond scheme on an enhanced package, entitlements are:
1) Market Value
2) Extra 25% of Market Value
3) Disturbance compensation
4) Solicitors and Surveyors fees
Resident owners who occupied on 17th December 2013, did so for at least 6 months immediately prior to then and live in the property immediately prior to making the application to join the bond scheme.
Anyone who bought the property off someone who would qualify above.
If the property was empty on 17th December 2013 but you lived in it for at least six months in the one year prior and you occupy it when making the application to join the bond scheme, you also qualify.
The above applies whether you are in the Compulsory Purchase Zone (CPZ) or in the Wider Property Offer Zone (WPOZ)
If entering the bond scheme, selling without a bond or losing your property to Compulsory Purchase on the Statutory package, entitlements are:
1) Market Value
2) Extra 10% for resident owners (subject to a cap of £65,000*) or 7.5% for non resident owners (subject to a cap of £75,000) **
3) Disturbance compensation
4) Solicitors and Surveyors fees
*cap is increased most years on October 1st. This is correct up till at least September 30th 2021
** assumes property owned at least one year at the point agreement for sale is reached
Anyone in the Compulsory Purchase Zone who does not qualify for the Enhanced package. Be aware though that if you haven’t owned for at least one year when you reach agreement, you will not be entitled to either the 10% or the 7.5% Statutory Loss payment.
If you are in the Wider Property Offer Zone and are not entitled to the enhanced package, you are not entitled to the Statutory Package either
If you would like a member of our team to contact you to arrange a valuation inspection or merely to chat through any questions you have, please complete the below form. We’ll then get back to you as soon as we can.
When buying somewhere, it’s important you understand how much your budget is. As well as the up front costs in buying, it is also worthwhile considering the annual running costs. For example, what’s the service charge, ground rent, council tax and likely utility bills? What about your travel costs in getting to places you regularly attend such as your children’s school, your place or work, hospital or local shops.
The below illustration is indicative for the up front costs. It does not include items that can be reclaimed in disturbance compensation but you should consider these carefully as for some people paying them is a problem, even if they are later reclaimed.
Stamp duty is the tax paid when buying a property.
Under Compulsory Purchase rules, it is normally recoverable up to a cap of whatever the rate would be if you were buying somewhere the same price. For example, if are selling your main home at £300,000 and bought somewhere the same price or less, you would be entitled to recover the full stamp duty you pay in disturbance compensation. However, if you bought somewhere else at a higher price, you would pay the difference. If you bought at £400,000, you would be paying £10,000 but only recovering £5,000.
In our budget calculator above, the stamp duty not recoverable here would be a further £5,000 (£10,000 minus £5,000). However, if you are buying a shared equity property, often we are able to negotiate the excess stamp duty is also payable by whoever buys your property.