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Observing your neighbour’s rights

2014-09-24 06:31:22

Planning to do work near your neighbour’s property? Get professional advice from a party wall surveyor to make sure you’re not breaking the law. We’ll examine your plans and advise you whether you need to serve notice or not, and how to go about it.

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Work on your own property

If your work requires notice, we’ll prepare this for you to make sure that it’s legally valid. We’ll also carry out a schedule of condition of your neighbour’s property, preventing them from claiming that any pre-existing issues were your fault. If your neighbour dissents to the work, we will prepare and agree the Party Wall Award.

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Work on a neighbouring property

Is your neighbour carrying out works without notice? Contact us immediately – swift action is necessary to preserve your rights. Your best option is likely to be a Party Wall Award, to protect your interests. We can also carry out a schedule of condition, in case you need to prove in the future that your neighbour damaged your property. Don’t worry about fees, though; your neighbour normally pays those, not you.

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Resolving disputes

Once a Party Wall Award is agreed, both parties have a say. If further disagreements arise, the Party Wall Surveyor has a duty to act as an unbiased and fair adjudicator. You can rely on us to help you make the right decision, the one that works best for both parties. These matters rarely escalate to court, but you can rest easy in the knowledge that we can be called as expert witnesses if that happens.

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To keep friendly relations with your neighbours in party wall matters, email us today at info@smithbaxter.co.uk


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