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If you decide you need professional advice we offer an initial free of charge consultation
(* see note under Welcome on “Party Walls” page) but this can only be for relatively
simple queries due to time constraints. No premium rate calls and a good old fashioned
service. Take care when using free notices from the internet as some will tie you
into using the company offering them and if served incorrectly could be invalid.
If you have been served with a notice then do not ignore it since this will merely
delay the inevitable. A failure to respond, in writing, to a notice within 14 days
is, under the Act deemed to be a dissent. Failure to co-operate will result in a
legally binding Award being agreed without your input or consultation. This is not
beneficial to you. You cannot use the Act to stop your neighbour building.
Need More Information?
If you wish to use a Party Wall Surveyor please contact us and we shall be happy
to assist you. If you are unable to reach agreement with your neighbour you may
need to appoint a Surveyor to act for you as you cannot act for yourself if there
is a dispute. If neighbours cannot agree the works after service of the appropriate
notices it is then automatically deemed that a dispute has arisen and Section 10
of the Act comes into action. An owner cannot act for him/herself in a dispute.
The costs normally fall to the Building Owner, however, there are instances where
this is not the case. This is too complex to cover in detail in a short paragraph.
Are there time limits?
There are strict time limits which trigger the next step if you fail to respond to
notices. Act as soon as a notice has been served. If you need help contact a Chartered
Surveyor who is experienced in Party Wall matters.
Above adjacent works.
Sheet piling in place
Trial pit to determine the position and depth of foundations.