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Party Wall Notices and Response Times

Sunday, 29th December 2019 | by: Justin Burns

It’s essential that the time periods relating to party wall procedures are followed to the letter as they are taken directly from the Act and many of those time periods relate to the service of and response to notices.The first point to clarify is when the time periods run from as it’s not obvious. Regardless of the date that is entered on ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

Basement Extensions and Encroachment

Thursday, 19th December 2019 | by: William Weaver

This post was inspired by a question posed recently by a homeowner who was concerned about the neighbour’s new basement excavation and whether or not it would undermine her property.She wanted to know what precautions could be taken to ensure that the neighbour would dig under the party wall only and stop as soon as they had enough room to ... Read more >>

Boris Johnson’s Election Property ‘Promises’

Monday, 16th December 2019 | by: Matthew Price

Having secured the Conservatives a 'stonking' 80 seat majority on Friday and having spent the weekend showing his gratitude to his new northern supporters, Boris Johnson's attention can now shift to delivering on the promises of his manifesto.Aside from Brexit, there are the headline-grabbing, 40 new hospitals, 20,000 new police officers and ... Read more >>

Guest Post – What does an Architect do?

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019 | by: Jason Harris | 2 minute read

The common stereotype is that architects ‘draw pretty pictures’ of buildings.  That may be true – the presentation of information is important, but it only scratches the surface of our role.Our output includes both drawn and written information.  The drawings are in reality diagrams that record a complex and many layered process of ... Read more >>

Categories: Architecture

How to Serve Party Wall Notices

Sunday, 1st December 2019 | by: Justin Burns

Having drafted your party wall notices the next step is to serve them – we say ‘serve’ rather that ‘deliver’ or ‘post’ as they are legal documents and the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 includes strict rules on how adjoining owners must be notified.The first task is to try and establish the name(s) of the adjoining owner(s). The most ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

Drafting Party Wall Notices

Tuesday, 19th November 2019 | by: Justin Burns

The next decision once you’ve confirmed the requirement to serve party wall notices is whether to employ the services of a surveyor or do it yourself. I am of course a surveyor that offers the service but I will attempt to provide an impartial view.There are various templates available online (including this one that I helped to design and ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

Identifying Adjoining Owners in a Party Wall Matter

Thursday, 10th October 2019 | by: Justin Burns

Once you’ve established that your works are covered by the Act the next step is to identify who the affected adjoining owners are. An ‘owner’ is defined in section 20 of the Act as ‘a person in possession of land, otherwise than as a mortgagee or as a tenant from year to year or for a lesser term or as a tenant at will’ or, in other ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

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