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What to do when your Neighbour Ignores The Party Wall Act

Tuesday, 16th February 2021 | by: Justin Burns

We get 2 or 3 calls most weeks from owners whose neighbour 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 behaviour and their only remedy is to apply to the court for an injunction. Gaining an injunction seems to most owners to ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

The Party Wall Act – Common Misunderstandings

Friday, 11th December 2020 | by: Peter Barry

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 has been with us for almost twenty-five 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:My extension will be on my own land so the Act does not apply.Section 6 of the Party Wall Act covers adjacent ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Rishi Sunak’s Stamp Duty Holiday

Wednesday, 8th July 2020 | by: Peter Barry

Of all taxes, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is one of the more debatable (and liked) as it significantly slows the pace at which the housing market can operate. It is particularly restrictive on first-time buyers who make a significant contribution to a functioning market. Less first time buyers, less second-time buyers to buy their next property, ... Read more >>

Categories: News, Surveying

Here at Peter Barry, we have been very aware of our obligations to our clients, staff and the Country given that our job involves visiting people's homes and properties.Our Managing Director Justin Burns outlined our procedures and introduced Risk Management Plans for all work types on 16th March.  By the end of that week, we were able to ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

COVID-19 WEEK ONE: A Giant Thank You to all Our clients

Wednesday, 18th March 2020 | by: Matthew Price

This time last week the UK was forging its own course of action through the COVID-19 crisis leaving many to question whether we were doing enough.  Then came Monday 16th and Boris's announcement of mass postponement of sporting events, curtailment of social gatherings and for employees to work from home.Peter Barry, along with the rest of the ... Read more >>

Categories: News, Surveying

Party Wall Notice Options – The Basics

Thursday, 13th February 2020 | by: Matthew Price

Here at Peter Barry, we serve hundreds of notices in any given year. Once a neighbour receives a notice they are a range of response options. Whilst to us as Chartered Surveyors these seem straight forward and obvious, we take plenty of phone calls that suggest that to the majority of people it is in fact not.This article will look to unravel ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Walls, Surveying

Loft Conversion Valuation – A Simple Guide

Thursday, 30th January 2020 | by: Matthew Price

We have previously written blogs on this matter first in 2013 and then in 2017 we have taken hundreds of calls from clients who thanked us for explaining an often poorly understood process.But before the author gives himself a pat on the back, it has also come to my attention that we could offer an even clearer explanation. In 2020 where time ... Read more >>

UK Housing Market gets Boris Bounce

Friday, 17th January 2020 | by: Matthew Price

The recently published RICS Residential Market Survey has found that the Conservative's December election victory is now translating into positive effects. In its report,  17% of RICS members reported rises as opposed to falls in buyer enquiries. In addition to this, 31% of members expected transactions to rise over the next quarter. 61% of ... Read more >>

Categories: News, Surveying

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 >>

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

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