What can you do if following the service of a Party Wall Award a neighbour refuses you access onto their land to undertake notifiable work? This question was asked in a recent telephone conversation from a frustrated building owner, ‘they are refusing access and the builders need to finish off and its causing delay and unnecessary expense, what can I do?’. Access Rights For most projects access is agreed amongst adjoining owners without issue and very little fuss, however, in
What happens if damage occurs to an adjoining owners’ property as a result of neighbouring building work? The first point of call is to determine whether the adjoining owner has the benefit of legal protection offered by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. Assuming: - A valid party wall Notice was received - Party Wall Surveyor/s were duly appointment - An Award was served it is likely that the adjoining owner will benefit from the legal protection offered under the Party Wall etc.
Professional fee's are an important consideration regardless of the size of the project, however having the right team on board from the offset can pay dividends, financially and for ones sanity as this article demonstrates from the 2017 County Court case of Reeves vs Young (& Co) where spiralling Party Wall related costs mount up astronomically. We take a look at the matter from a party wall surveyors perceptive and offer advice and guidance to those seeking the services of
Following some recent high profile cases, we have decided to write this article to reiterate the importance of safeguarding your property whilst undertaking notifiable work pursuant to the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. The Act was passed through Parliament to provide a legislative framework which permits a building owner to undertake construction to a shared structure and or undertake new construction up to or on the boundary line of a neighbouring property. As building work can
Converting the loft space is a cost effective solution to increasing the footprint and usable space of a domestic property. Beyond the benefits of functionality the costs involved are often offset with an increase in the value of the property. There are a number of considerations that building owners and developers need to consider when planning a loft conversion to ensure that delays and subsequent erroneous expenditure is avoided. One important consideration is the Party Wa