If you are wondering whether there is an unwritten party wall notice etiquette, there is – or rather was, because we’ve put pen to paper (figuratively speaking) and are listing all you need to know about Party Wall Notice protocol. Figuring out ‘how long in advance it should be issued’ ‘who to address’ and whether or not ‘it should be served in person’ can be overwhelming in the midst of finalising planned works. But do not fret – we are answering top Party Wall Notice questions in the coming paragraphs, so sit back, relax and read on! Read the rest of this entry »
A Londoner contacted us recently in regards to their party wall and how to distinguish it from the property boundaries. Party walls and boundaries are related, but can be mutually exclusive or inclusive; meaning that, sometimes the party wall will lie on a boundary line however, in a lot of cases, the party wall and boundary do not coincide. Since the status differs from property to property, it is no surprise that people often mistaken party walls for boundaries, and vice versa. To shed light on this common confusion, we have dedicated this post to differentiating between property lines and party walls.
Not a day goes by where we don’t receive a call from a concerned homeowner who is unsure as to whether they share a party wall with their neighbour. In order to answer this common question, however, it is first worth discussing what a party wall actually is.
The simplest definition of a party wall is a wall that divides two terraced houses. This is, in the vast majority of cases, true and as complicated as it gets.
Vincent-Brown is about to turn 10, and to celebrate we’ve come up with a decade’s worth of reasons why were the leading party wall surveyors and why you should choose for all of your party wall needs.
- We’re only concerned with all things party. In other words, we do not undertake any other type of work, operating only in this highly specialised field. Read the rest of this entry »
Senior Building Surveyor John Westray, who travelled all over the world before finally landing at Vincent-Brown &Associates, took some time out of his busy schedule to tell us all about his role in our integrated party wall team.
1. What are your daily duties as a Senior Building Surveyor?
I manage the party wall team at Vincent-Brown & Associates. I deal with the cases that involve surveyors from other companies and which often involve complex technical or legal issues. Read the rest of this entry »
If you are undertaking certain types of building work that involves cutting into a Party Wall, it falls under the Party Wall Act 1996 and things can get a little tricky. We have put together some information in this guide that you can use to make sure you are adhering to the Party Wall Act when you are carrying out home extensions or converting your loft. Keep in mind that there are other legal considerations you need to be aware of when conducting work on your property. If you want to make sure that your work is legally sound, or if you need some expert assistance with your loft conversion or home extension, we recommend consulting a professional and integrated Chartered Building Company like Landmark Lofts.
One case which goes into specific detail about an invalid Party Wall Notice is Hobbs, Hart & Co. v Grover  1CH 11.
In this case the works were subject to a Party Structure Notice and specifically included the demolition of a party wall and the rebuilding of this wall for use in the new works. G did not specify which works were proposed and merely quoted vague and ambiguous sections of the appropriate Act. Read the rest of this entry »
Anyone reading through the Party Wall Law archives on this blog might well ask why so many cases predate 1997 given that the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 (“the Party Wall Act”) was brought into force in July 1997.
I would be sympathetic to the casual reader who took this prima facie view, as some Party Wall Surveyors (who should know better) would agree! I have occasionally worked with Party Wall Surveyors who have questioned my reference to certain cases when reinforcing a point I was making, simply because the case I was referring to came decades before the Party Wall Act was enacted. Read the rest of this entry »