• Ground shrinkage often resulting from cutting down trees rooted in clay soil following very dry weather causing shrinkage or ground movement – shallow footings or defective footings are most at risk.
  • Any structure built on such ground is likely to suffer cracking initially and if left, water ingress and ultimately potential collapse.
  • Even if there is no risk of shrinkage, permission is required to cut down some trees via a Tree Protection Order.
  • See also other property defects:  heave, landslip, Timber Treatmentfungal-growthMouldwet rotdry rot.

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Formerly a student living in a rented room my vision focused on excellence. Letting phenomenal student houses soon became more than a day job - more a way of life.

Continuing to look after our tenants I subsequently also founded what is widely recognised as a phenomenal student lettings agency.