In this week`s blog post, I`ll take care of access to the Party Wall and in particular what will happen if the adjacent owner refuses to let an owner or his contractors enter their land. The evaluator(s) will award a Party Wall Award that will make a final decision on what will happen, how and when the work will be done and who will pay for it. It also includes the surveyor`s fees. Notification of termination may be made free of charge using appropriate standard forms or a surveyor of the wall of the party for a flat fee. A confirmation letter for the neighbor to fill out and return is usually included. You have a few options. First, you could contact your neighbor, listen to their concerns, and try to find an agreement that would satisfy both of you. That is ideal. Two months ago, we reported to our neighbours that they were building a rear widening. They opposed it and appointed a party surveyor, but they will not let the surveyor in their home be interrogated because of the coronavirus, even with strict social dance measures. We have now authorized the planning and we do not know what to do, we do not have a kitchen or hot water until the work can begin. A party wall is a wall that stands on the land of two or more owners.
The wall may be part of a building or not part of a building such as a garden wall. It can also be a wall located on the land of an owner, but used by other owners to separate buildings. Do you really have to work on the wall of the party, as in the May modifications, steels, etc.? You may not need it. You could name a surveyor who works for both of you or name each of them. The expert will organize a Wall Award party that will expose the details of the work. You have to wait for a response – your neighbor must inform you in writing within 14 days if he agrees. The best scenario is that they accept all the work in writing, which means you don`t need a party wall agreement that saves costs. The Party Walls Act aims to prevent disputes between neighbours over party walls and construction work. In the very rare event that an adjacent owner refuses access to the building owner`s team, after agreement under the Party Wall Award, he would effectively violate both the law and the price itself and would also commit an offense by stopping access. Under section 16 of the Party Wall etc Act 1996, the person who refuses access will likely be liable to a fine of up to level 3 on the standard scale. To put this in the right perspective, a Level 3 fine is currently £1,000 on the judge`s scale.
An owner must announce construction work that concerns a wall or party border two months in writing or one month in advance for excavations. For more tips on party walls, ask yourself to receive a party wall notification or appoint a party wall surveyor, contact Allcott Associates today to resolve your dispute over the party wall….