Taylor Mitchell Blog

Typical Causes of Damage from Party Wall Works

Saturday, 23rd December 2023 | by: Justin Burns

Owners living next door to building works pay more attention to the condition of their property and may assume that those works are the cause of any cracks they find. That’s why it is so important to take a record of the condition prior to works commencing. If surveyors are appointed, they will prepare a schedule of condition but, even if an ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Wall Procedures

Damage Claims and The Party Wall Act

Saturday, 9th December 2023 | by: Justin Burns

Where an adjoining owner suffers loss or damage as a result of works falling within the scope of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 (the Act), and the statutory procedures have been followed, the Act provides a framework for how that damage should be made good or compensated for. Let me first explain why I included that “…and the statutory ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Wall Procedures

What Happens Upon Completion of Party Wall Works?

Saturday, 25th November 2023 | by: Justin Burns

I’ve said many times during this series of posts covering party wall procedures that the Award is the document that resolves the dispute which arose when the notice(s) were dissented to so, as far as the surveyors are concerned, should that not be the end of the matter? Not always. Section 10 of the Act, the Section that deals with the ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Wall Procedures

Designing to Avoid the Party Wall Act

Saturday, 11th November 2023 | by: Justin Burns

Owners wishing to extend or alter their home often see the Party Wall Act as a bit of a headache or an opportunity for the neighbours to interfere with their plans.  The Act is actually designed to facilitate building works by conveying rights on owners allowing them execute certain works but sometimes it doesn't feel like that to an owner who ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Wall Procedures

Further Awards and The Party Wall Act

Saturday, 28th October 2023 | by: Justin Burns

If you’re familiar with party wall procedures you’ll know that the award is the document produced by the surveyor(s) to resolve the dispute which arose when an adjoining owner dissented to the notice(s) but that's not always the end of the story. The 6th Edition of the RICS template award included a clause stating that the surveyors ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Wall Procedures

What to do when not all the Works are covered by the Act

Saturday, 14th October 2023 | by: Justin Burns

Party wall procedures are built around a sequence laid down in the Act - the proposed work must one of the rights provided within the Act, those works must be formally notified to any affected adjoining owners and if the notices are dissented to, surveyors must be appointed to draw up an award authorising the works. Occasionally a building ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Wall Procedures

Working hours and the Party Wall Act

Saturday, 30th September 2023 | by: Justin Burns

Section 10(12) of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 confirms that an award may cover the ‘time and manner of executing any work’. As one of the key principles of the Act is to avoid adjoining owners suffering unnecessary inconvenience, it is logical that the appointed surveyor(s) should have this power. This is the relevant clause from the RICS ... Read more >>

Categories: Party Wall Procedures

Call Now Button