My Neighbour Carried Out Extensive Party Wall Works Without Even Verbally Informing Me

by The Party Wall Surveyor

Question

I have a neighbour who carried out extensive party wall works without even verbally informing me that this would happen. When the building inspector finally spoke to me, the work was complete. Do I have any legal redress or could I claim compensation for her failure to follow the correct procedure?

Answer

There are no penalties for not following party wall procedures and there would be no grounds for compensation.

However, if the works have caused any damage to your property then you would be entitled to make a claim and the Building Owner’s failure to follow procedures would undermine any defence.