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
Home owners often juggle hectic schedules, from the school run and deadlines at work to family commitments and voluntary work, it’s not surprising that once building work is thrown into the mix something often gives and more often than not it’s the least familiar, the legal obligations pursuant to building work. How FAST can I get a Party Wall Award? A question we've receive from neighbour’s on opposite sides of the garden fence. The building owner (undertaking work) has tick
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.
We often take calls from disgruntled neighbours concerned with the impact of neighbouring building work. In a recent case we were sent a video of chimney collapse to a mid-terrace property, causing serious injury and substantial damage. Going, Going, Gone… Benefit in avoiding your legal duty under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996? Choosing not to take professional advice and side stepping your legal duty under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 can cause costly, stressful and a time-co
We often receive enquiries from home owners and other building professionals who having read some adverse comments on internet forums are sceptical about the role a party wall surveyor plays in a building project. The following article looks at the attributes and requisite expertise the party wall surveyor should bring to the table....ego's and double knot windsor tie's at the door.... #PartyWallSurveyor #Theroleofthepartywallsurveyor #disputeresolution #LondonPartyWallSurvey
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