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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

Insurance and the Party Wall Act

Sunday, 6th October 2019 | by: Justin Burns

It used to be common for party wall awards to include an obligation for the building owner to ‘maintain or cause contractor(s) to maintain adequate insurance against such risks and provide evidence of this upon demand by the adjoining owner’s surveyor contractor’ and this was generally interpreted as the relatively inexpensive Public ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

Are My Works Covered by the Party Wall Act?

Tuesday, 17th September 2019 | by: Justin Burns

The very first step in the process is to establish whether your proposed works fall within the scope of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and, if so, which adjoining owners are affected. Sections 1, 2 & 6 of the Act set out an owner’s rights but those rights are only exercisable if the necessary notices are served, let’s look at each of them ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls

Building Contracts and the Party Wall Act

Sunday, 25th August 2019 | by: Justin Burns

I often tell adjoining owners that have suffered damage as a result of party wall work not to, under any circumstances, enter into discussions directly with their neighbours’ builder. By giving such advice, I’m not trying to make life difficult for building owners but rather making the point that under the Act it is the building owner rather ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Right of first refusal (RFR) is invoked when the freeholder (landlord) wants to sell their interest in a building that is subject to RFR legislation and they are required under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 (the “1987 Act”) to offer this interest to the leaseholders first. This can be the entire freehold, part of the building or common ... Read more >>

New Build Properties and Snagging Lists

Thursday, 30th May 2019 | by: Tom Shute

There are a number of hoops to jump through when negotiating the purchase of a home, particularly when purchasing a new build property. To add to this burgeoning ‘to do’ list, it would seem that a worrying trend of poor quality control is developing in the new build property sector, even amongst so called ‘luxury’ branded sections ... Read more >>

When leaseholders enact their statutory right to extend their lease or buy their freehold by serving a formal notice of claim on the freeholder it can be an adversarial process. Once a notice is served, if the landlord does not agree with the terms of acquisition proposed in that notice (including price), he has two months in which to serve a ... Read more >>

Categories: Leasehold Valuations

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