What is the legal position regarding work on party walls?

Where legalities are concerned, you really should be asking a solicitor. That said, however, my understanding is that you basically own half the thickness of any party wall - so as far as minor, everyday things are concerned, like drilling into it to install fixings for kitchen...


Magic of the cup turns back clock

We’ll be turning back the clock when we tune in for this year’s FA Cup final on May 30. Our founder, James Steele Chinneck [pictured right] was vice-chairman of Portsmouth FC when its victorious side lifted the famous trophy in 1939. The team memorably triumphed...


Keeping it Local!

  Letting agents and property managers Chinneck Shaw have been ‘keeping it local’ for nearly 150 years. As one of the longest established agents in Portsmouth and the surrounding area, the experienced family firm knows better than most why residential property...


A Knotty Problem

The menace of Japanese knotweed has now become such a concern that the Government is threatening to issue Anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs). Failure to control the spread of the alien invader – and other invasive non-native plants – could also result in a fine of...


On crest of a wave with Sir Ben Ainslie.

The waiting is nearly over as Portsmouth welcomes the first round of world-class races in sailing legend Sir Ben Ainslie’s exciting bid to win the America’s Cup. Olympic hero Sir Ben’s decision to base his Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) team here to challenge for the...


A warm welcome for Joe.

A very warm welcome to our new lettings assistant Joe Rocks, who has started work in our Milton Road office. Joe’s new role will encompass all aspects of the lettings business, including dealing with repairs, rent collection, marketing, and tenant arrivals and departures...


OnTheMarket.com passes 5,000 offices milestone.

OnTheMarket.com – the major new property website where Chinneck Shaw is listing all of its properties – has announced its membership has grown to more than 5,000 contracted estate and letting agent offices. OnTheMarket.com launched on January 26 to rival Rightmove and...


Pretty as a picture

  Q. I understand the importance of good photographs in “selling” my house – particularly on the internet. Do you have any tips? A. You’re right. Even if you don’t go for the more exotic options that the internet offers, like video clips or...


On The Market - the fantastic new property portal goes live!

Chinneck Shaw have joined Agents' Mutual, a co-operative of high street estate agents who will be launching a new property portal OnTheMarket.com  on 26th January 2015. Agents Mutual is a not-for-profit organisation and OnTheMarket.com will be the only portal to be...


Why we've joined OnTheMarket.com

January 15, 2015 You may have recently heard about a big change in the world of estate agents. On Monday, January 26th 2015 a major new property website will launch called OnTheMarket.com. Thousands of estate and letting agents across the UK have joined and we’re one of...