Rights of Owners

Question We live in a link detached property where our neighbours garage links to the side of our house with a space behind their garage. They have written to us using the party wall act saying that they would like to utilise this space and build a conservatory behind their garage which would mean that one side of the conservatory was one side ... Read more >>

Question We have recently received planning permission from the council to build an extension above our garage and bring the garage forward to allow us to extend the kitchen into the rear. I live in a semi with the garage to the side, this is attached to another house which is the reason we asked him if he would allow us to do the project?  He ... Read more >>

QuestionEight years ago my mother bought a house which had planning permission to build a double garage with bedroom above adjoining her house. The previous owners had built the garage but not the first floor bedroom above. The garage has its gable wall built parallel and about a foot away from the blockwork boundary wall between my mothers house ... Read more >>

I have just added an extension to my house which is completely in my part of the property and I made retaining wall, which again is in my boundary and is 1 metre deep and 1/2 metre wide , the adjoining property which is a council house and a tenant has been in it for 2 years.Before starting I asked the council  whether i needed to serve party ... Read more >>

QuestionWe live in a hilly area, and the question concerns a dry stone wall about 30 feet long separating a stretch of unadopted road (at one  level) from a children’s nursery play area at a lower level, some ten feet or so lower down. The road is in need of repair, but since it is unadopted we have had no joy with the local council, and so ... Read more >>

Question I own a flat above a shop and the freeholder (shop owner) has started to build 3 flats inside the building. The builder rang me and said that he needed to get into my flat to reinforce some ceilings and soundproof. I never realised that they were building flats, I thought the work was going ahead for storage for the shop below. I agreed ... Read more >>

QuestionI wonder if you could help me.  Three weeks ago we began work on our garage roof which has been leaking for years.  Our garage is separated from our neighbour’s garage by a party wall.  Unfortunately, I was unaware of the Party Wall Act 1996 and so gave no written notice of our intended works.  Our neighbour however was aware of our ... Read more >>

QuestionI live in a semi-detached house with a back garden. Next door never had a back garden because 150 years ago a factory was built there. The land has now been sold off, the factory pulled down and a bungalow has been built parallel with the boundary line. This bungalow is within 1.3M of my boundary, is there anything I can do under the party ... Read more >>

QuestionMy neighbour is planning to build a basement, I have been asked to sign a notice of consent for special foundations.  I asked my surveyor the difference between foundations, he stated the only difference is special are stronger and I am at no disadvantage by approving this is my neighbours build.  Is this correct ?  If so why would I ... Read more >>

QuestionMy neighbour has started a full renovation of his house including a loft conversation and rear extension. Initially he served me with a notice but did not fully explain the extent of proposed work. The notice mentioned the loft conversion, the extension and apologised for inconvenience.The building owner asked me to sign the notice and ... Read more >>