Thomas has acted for both “Building Owner” and “Adjoining Owner” as agreed Party Wall surveyor and takes appointments from Local Authorities to satisfy their Freeholder rights and obligations.
The party Wall etc Act 1996 is a complex piece of legislation which applies to boundary structures and works where there is no Party Wall, including excavating within 3 metres of and to a lower level than the bottom of the neighbour’s foundations; or the ceiling / floor in a block of flats.
The Act gives an owner carrying out work a right to do certain things without permission from the neighbour which otherwise would not be allowed. Some examples are to dig to a depth lower than the foundations of the adjoining property, go onto neighbouring land, rebuild or raise the height of a Party Wall or underpin a Party Wall.
The Act also gives an Adjoining Owner right to having damage put right or a payment in lieu.
We take a neighbourly approach to Party Wall matters, consulting with Adjoining Owners and Freehold interests, ensuring transparency and an ethical approach to managing these sensitivities and emotions that this area of work can bring about.