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A New Way to Resolve Boundary Disputes

Friday, 5th April 2013 | by: Justin Burns

You’ve probably read newspaper articles about warring neighbours who’ve spent tens of thousands of pounds going to court over a 6 inch strip of land.  Until now boundary disputes have been dealt with by the courts and the lack of a statutory framework means that costs often escalate to level well in excess of the value of the land that is ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Subterranean Development Bill

Saturday, 4th August 2012 | by: Justin Burns

The Subterranean Development Bill was originally an amendment to the Localism Bill sponsored by Lord Selsdon and drafted by members of the Pyramus & Thisbe Club. The driving force behind the bill appears to be resident associations in affluent areas of London such as Belgravia and Highgate where many members of the House of Lords have ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Light Issues and the Party Wall Act

Thursday, 31st May 2012 | by: Peter Barry

Many adjoining owners wrongly assume that a potential injury to their light is a matter that should be discussed by the appointed surveyors. I say ‘wrongly’ because Section 9 of The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 makes it clear that nothing in the Act shall ‘authorise any interference with an easement of light or other easements in or relating ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Party Wall and Other Disputes

Wednesday, 2nd May 2012 | by: Peter Barry

This is a guest post by our colleagues at Darlington Solicitors. As solicitors, we know that it’s hard enough for any business or individual to keep up with legal developments, but it’s also important to recognise the legal principle that ignorance of the law is no defence. The fact is that in statutory areas like the Party Wall etc. Act ... Read more >>

Glossary of Party Wall Terms

Friday, 16th March 2012 | by: Peter Barry

Some of the terminology around The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 is confusing to the layperson so we thought it would be a good idea to draw them all together in this glossary. If there is anything that you think is missing drop us a line and we’ll update. The ‘Act’ The Party Wall etc. Act 1996. Owner   Defined by the Act as ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

I recently received an email from an owner who wanted me to look at a party wall award he’d recently received from his appointed surveyor and tell him what my fee would be for producing an identical document. Now, assuming that he was not enquiring about photocopying services the request made no sense but being the curious type I dug a bit ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

An Overview of Section 12 of the PWA – Part 2

Thursday, 29th September 2011 | by: Peter Barry

In the first half of this post I looked at how Section 12 of the Act, relating to Security for Expenses, is administered. I explained how such a request is made and the logistics of setting up a fund. In this final part I will look at when it is appropriate to make a request and how the level of security should be determined. The purpose of ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Case Study – Party Wall Award as Agreed Surveyor

Thursday, 22nd September 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Appointing Owner: Owner of a mid-terraced house in Highbury, London N1 Proposed work: Side return extension Notice date: 4th February 2011 Background: We were approached by an architect to provide a fee proposal for his client who was planning to add a modern Garden Room alongside the existing back addition of his mid-terrace property. The ... Read more >>

Don’t be Left Holding the Baby – Section 12 of The PWA

Friday, 16th September 2011 | by: Peter Barry

The Party Wall Act grants wide ranging rights to Building Owners, for example, an Adjoining Owner can be happily going about his business when a notice drops on the doormat informing him that in 2 months time his neighbour will demolish the wall that divides their properties; whether he likes it or not. The Adjoining Owner’s immediate ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Party Wall Questions #13

Saturday, 3rd September 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question A pair of semi-detached houses have each been converted in to flats. The flats are each held on long leases with the Freeholds owned by investment companies. The owner of one of the top floor flats proposes to convert their roof space - the work requires 3 beams to be cut in to the party wall. Which Owners should be served with ... Read more >>