How to Serve a Party Wall Notice When an Adjoining Owner Has Recently Passed away

by The Party Wall Surveyor

Question

We are planning to serve notices on the adjoining owners.  However, on the Land registry website the recorded owner of the property has passed away and detail of ownership has not been updated.  Who should we address and send the appropriate notices to?  Who will therefore act on the adjoining owner’s behalf in order to respond to the notices?

Answer

Where there is uncertainty over the ownership of an adjoining property it would be best to address the notices to ‘The Owner(s)’ in accordance with section 15 of the Act.  Do bear in mind that notices addressed to ‘The Owner(s)’ must be either handed to a person on the premises or fixed to a conspicuous part of the premises. You can read more about the methods of service here.