My Neighbour Is Carrying Out Building Works.
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My Neighbour Is Planning A Project
So your neighbour is planning an upcoming building project, what do you need to do next?
Has Your Neighbour Served You With a Party Wall Notice?
If you have been served with a Party Wall Notice then it should include an acknowledgement letter that lists out your options. We will go through these options below.
Option One: You Can Consent To The Notice
You can simply consent to the notice and your neighbour can begin works straight away.
Option Two: You Can Consent To The Notice Subject To a Schedule of Condition Report
You can simply consent to the notice on the condition that an inspection is made of your home beforehand and a record of its condition made. In the event of any damages to your home this report can be used to demonstrate whether or not the damage was pre-existing.
Option Three: You Can Consent To The Notice and Concur in the Appointment Of Your Neighbours Surveyor To Act As The Agreed Surveyor For Both of You.
You can dissent to the notice, which will provide you with the full protection that the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 provides you with. By concurring in the joint appointment of your neighbours surveyor you will also be reducing the legal costs of your neighbours as in the majority of cases a single surveyor will generally cost less that appointing two surveyors.
Option Four: You Can Dissent To The Notice And Appoint Your Own Independent Surveyor
You can dissent to the notice, which will provide you with the full protection that the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 provides you with.
You are also entitled to appoint your own independent surveyor to safeguard your interests.
The costs associated with you appointing your own surveyor are covered by the person carrying out the notifiable building works.
If your neighbour is looking to carry out building operations or even if they have already started and they have not served you with the appropriate Party Wall notices then they may be in breach of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
In such circumstances we would recommend that you have a discussion with a Party Wall Surveyor who will be able to offer free impartial advice.
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With our fair and straight-up handling of the Party Wall Act, we make sure everything is clear and upfront. So, there’s less room for disagreement and more space for getting things done smoothly.
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First Encounter with Party Walls a Bit Overwhelming?
First time hearing about Party Walls? Maybe you got a surprise notice from your neighbour or some pushy letters from surveyors trying to get your business. Bit overwhelming, right?
You want to do the right thing, keep things friendly with the neighbours, but you’ve also got to safeguard your property. So, what’s next?
No need to stress, we’re here to help. We’ll give it to you straight. No fancy words, no messing about, just the honest advice you need. Our aim? To make things smooth and simple, looking after your home while keeping the peace with the neighbours. And that’s just what we do.
We're Here to Lend a Hand
Let’s be real, the Party Wall Act can seem like a bit of a headache. But, get your head round it, and it’s a dead straightforward way to have your back covered. Perhaps you’re giving your neighbour’s party wall plans the once-over, or just need to know what’s what.
That’s where we step in. We’re all about giving you the clear, straight-up facts you need to make the best decision. And, we’re big believers in keeping things respectful and decent. It’s about making fair choices that look out for your home, while letting the neighbours know they’re not getting the short end of the stick.
So, the aim of the game? To keep you clued up and feeling comfortable. That way, we can do our bit, look after your rights and keep things on good terms with the neighbours. Simple as that.
The Party Wall Act is there to help and shield everyone. If we play the game right, it's a victory for all. All we do is help you and your neighbours get the gist of it. In the end, everyone's in a better place.
You get the peace of mind that your home’s guarded against any damage, and your neighbours get the green light to crack on with their building work. And the best bit? No pricey legal kerfuffle to deal with. It’s a win-win.
The Party Wall Act is there to enable & protect. If approached correctly everyone wins. We simply help both parties understand this.