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Is your neighbour undertaking works?

IS YOUR NEIGHBOUR PLANNING ON UNDERTAKING WORKS?

Do they know about The Party Wall etc. Act 1996? We recommend an initial consultation and site meeting to discuss their proposals and provide advice on the process they should legally follow.

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HAS YOU NEIGHBOUR COMMENCED WORKS AND YOU ARE CONCERNED?

If you are certain that they are acting in a way that requires action under The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 but has not followed it or require advice on the matter please call us. In addition to our advice you may need to seek legal advice however we aim to keep costs as low as possible and can act in a consultancy capacity for you in the first instance.

 

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WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU ARE SERVED WITH A PARTY WALL NOTICE?

You have a few options:

  • Consent to the works (you are covered under the act and the works may proceed).
  • Dissent to the works and appoint your own surveyor (works cannot commence immediately).
  • Dissent to the works and agree for one surveyor to be appointed to as the agreed surveyor (works cannot commence immediately).

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SCHEDULE OF CONDITION

It's always recommended a schedule of condition is undertaken. This can speed up the resolution of disputes should any reports of damage to your neighbours property be received. Even if your neighbours consent to the Party Wall Notice(s) it's important to undertake this step. 

PARTY WALL AWARD

If your neighbours have dissented to the works it doesn't mean they don't want you to undertake them or want to start an argument. It just means that a Party Wall award needs to be served by a Party Wall Surveyor(s) to enable the works to commence. 

This does unfortunately result in additional fee's. You will also be responsible for the neighbours surveyors fee's.

DISPUTES AND COMPLETED WORKS

It should be noted that a Party Wall Surveyor can only deal with works that are notifiable under The Party Wall etc. Act. There is no time limit for a dispute arising after works have been completed. 

We always write to the neighbour upon completion of the works to check if they suspect any damage has been caused. 

Remember, no notice served no cover under The Party Wall etc. Act 1996

Want to find out if your works are considered notifiable under The Party Wall etc. Act 1996?

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Thank you for dealing with my party wall matter. You ensure that damage caused by my neighbours work was repaired to a good standard.

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