Question My garden and my neighbours garden is separated by a fence. We are intending to build the wall of our new extension alongside this fence, entirely on our land, without removing the fence. On the neighbours side of the fence, there is garden (not buildings). What section of the Act is applicable? Answer You will need to issue a Line of ... Read more >>

Categories: Adjoining Owners, Notices

Question I am planning on restoring, underpinning re-pointing and rebuilding defective brickwork of my detached out building .   I issued my neighbour with a party wall notice and we  received a letter back asking what the party wall notice meant even though we had enclosed a cover letter explaining. We replied with a letter describing the ... Read more >>

Question Our neighbour at the rear of our garden is building a single storey structure 82cm behind the garden next to ours.  The rainwater downpipe will be situated approx 85cm immediately behind the boundary between ourselves and our next door neighbour.  There is a 100 year old brick wall running along the rear of our garden and that of our ... Read more >>

Question I live in and own an end-of-terrace mews house in central London. I have a party wall with one next-door neighbour but my rear wall is entirely on my property and there has been nothing but a tiny garden there until recently. Is my rear wall a party wall or not? It is entirely on my own freehold, is part of the structure of my house and ... Read more >>

Categories: Adjoining Owners

Question We are working on a scheme and we are re-roofing our properties. They are semi-detached properties with a private properties next door. We are going to use a bonding gutter on the properties. Do we need to issue a Party Wall Notice? Answer  This is one of those jobs that does technically come within the scope of the Act but for which ... Read more >>

Categories: Adjoining Owners, Notices

Question I am planning to demolish an internal partition wall which entails excavating lower than foundation level within 3 metres from the party wall, hence we fall under the Party Wall Act and we have issued notices. We are Leaseholders and our Freeholder required a surveyor; we have then accepted his surveyor as agreed surveyor with the aim to ... Read more >>

Question I have a party wall agreement with my neighbour and have started my building project however it is likely to overrun the 12 month period the Award covers. What should I do about this? Can I just continue work as before? Answer The 12 month period is only the time after the notice date after which your works must commence. So long as ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Wall Awards

Question I am about to serve a Party Wall Notice on my neighbour before beginning work on a rear extension which is within the permitted development rules and does not require planning permission.   I have already discussed this with my neighbour who tells me that he will do everything possible to delay the building work and if possible stop it ... Read more >>

Question Three years ago the owner of the house next door drilled through the party wall without giving me notice under the Party Wall etc Act 1996.  He agreed to pay for the damage, but would not agree to stop further drilling into the wall. He stated he was inserting metal rods into the party wall to 'tie' my house to his in case my house ... Read more >>

Question I live in a terraced house. There is a party wall at single storey level and not at first floor level (at the back). My 1st floor extension wall is on my side entirely and my ground floor extension is against the ground floor party wall which his single storey extension is built against . This historically is because the adjoining ... Read more >>