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Party Wall Questions #2

Wednesday, 26th January 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question An Owner of a terraced house wishes to convert his original first floor balcony to an additional room. The balcony is built against an original party wall which is enclosed on the Adjoining Owner’s side - the balconies were built on the same side of each house in the terrace. Would Section 11(11) expenses be payable to the Adjoining ... Read more >>

Party Wall Questions #1

Saturday, 22nd January 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question An Owner plans to add an additional floor to the back addition of his late Victorian terraced house by raising a studwork wall against the existing party parapet wall (see sketch below) – does he have a right of access on to the roof of the Adjoining Owner’s property to apply hanging tiles/flashings? Could the Adjoining Owner ... Read more >>

Diary of an APC candidate: The Story So Far

Tuesday, 30th November 2010 | by: Peter Barry

During the first 6 months of my APC the ‘hands on’ experience that I have gained has been broadly split between 2 areas of work; Party Wall Matters and Pre Purchase Surveys. I have seen everything from section 2 works such as cutting into the party wall for the insertion of steel beams to accommodate a loft extension, to more complex ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Using the Party Wall Act to Delay a Neighbour’s Works

Wednesday, 27th October 2010 | by: Peter Barry

I received an email earlier this week from a lady who was concerned that her neighbour was going to use The Party Wall Act to delay the building of her rear extension. He had threatened to “do everything possible to delay the building work and if possible stop it altogether, including insisting on 3 surveyors being involved and instigating ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Leaseholders and The Party Wall Act

Wednesday, 21st July 2010 | by: Peter Barry

Complying with the Party Wall Act can get really expensive if the adjoining properties are converted flats. Take this typical example - an owner of a mid-terrace house adding a full width single storey extension to their property. The properties on either side have been converted in to 3 flats and the Freeholder is a property investment ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

It’s always difficult to advise people who call us up when a neighbour has started work which comes within the scope of the Party Wall Act but have not served the required notice. It is one of the shortcomings of the Act that there aren’t any penalties for non-compliance. The only remedy available to a Building Owner is to apply for an ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

What to do when your Neighbour Ignores The Party Wall Act

Friday, 23rd October 2009 | by: Peter Barry

We get 2 or 3 calls most weeks from people that have a neighbour that has gone ahead with work which comes within the scope of the Party Wall Act without serving notice. They are surprised to hear that there are no penalties for such behavior and their only remedy is to apply to the court for an injunction. Gaining an injunction seems to most ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

The Party Wall Act – Common Misunderstandings

Wednesday, 5th August 2009 | by: Peter Barry

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 has been with us for thirteen years but it is still clear that the public has, at best, a tenuous grip on its details. I have outlined a few of the most common misunderstandings below. 1. My extension will be on my own land so the Act does not apply. Section 6 of the Party Wall Act covers adjacent excavations. In ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying