Larger scale works such as a rear extension, loft or basement conversion will almost certainly require Landlord’s consent and may also have to involve further investigations from a development valuation perspective, if consent can be withheld and a premium payable. The following are further examples of works that are likely to require Landlord’s consent:
Typically requested information would be architectural and engineering drawings, engineering calculations, insurance documents, health & safety and Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM). The list of required information will vary from case to case, but will usually be much less onerous than for works on commercial premises.
One interesting query that is often raised is “do I need a party wall award with my freeholder?” Whilst a freeholder can insist on a notice and resulting award, the LTA that is produced for the freeholder will cover many of the same items and possibly go into a touch more detail. It should also be pointed out that when compared with a commercial LTA, a residential one can often be relatively simple, and the number of hours involvement from solicitors and surveyors kept to a minimum.
If badly handled, party wall procedures can add many thousands of pounds to the costs of your building project but there are plenty of things you (and your surveyor) can do to keep costs to a minimum. Speak to your neighbours before serving notice This isn't always possible, if the property is let or the ... Read More >>
There are many different elements that will need to be considered in order for the vision of your extension to become a reality and it is apparent that a layperson is often unaware what professional help may be required along the way - there are the obvious ones; Architect, engineer and contractor, and to a lesser extent, the ... Read More >>
As a recent graduate and Assistant Surveyor, a large part of my training was party wall related. As part of that training I spent time assisting the team that deal with new enquiries in sending fee proposals and liaising with owners. I thought it might be helpful to work through an example relating to a rear extension. When ... Read More >>