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    Who should arrange major works?

    If I was having £50k of works carried out on my own house, I'm used to an architect charging 10% of the tender sum to provide drawings, write a specification and deal with collecting tenders from contractors, checking quality of work, etc. However I would expect lower charges if there were no drawings involved - ie if it just involved decoration for example.

    If I went to a main contractor might earn a margin of 2 to 5% on top of what they pay to sub-contractors.

    When it comes to blocks of leasehold flats where the leaseholders pay for the works through a service charge, our managing agent uses a chartered surveyor who charges 10% and also another surveyor who charges 10% to deal with dealing with residents and complying with Section 20 notice requirements.

    My question is who is best to be paid to organise works to a block of 10 flats and what - as a percentage - should they charge?

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