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England | Planning Control and Building Regulations (England) | Responsibilities and Liabilities (England)

Party Wall act 1996, neighbour’s building works, Party Wall Surveyors

8 Apr 2021 | 1 comment

Hi Guildy.

I know that this is not strictly your area of expertise, but just wondered if any other landlords have experience with this.

The local authority where our property is situated have sent us advice of a planning application made by the neighbours of our property. Neighbours want to build single storey infill and rear extension. Shouldn’t be a problem for our property, as far as we can see.

Have also received 3 letters from different Party Wall Surveyors stating that the neighbour is planning a loft conversion. This is not mentioned in the letter from local authority. The letters from the surveyors outline the rights and protections we have regarding the insertion of steel beams into shared party walls (Party Wall act 1996). These Party Wall Surveyors are clearly touting for business (they do state that it’s normally the people carrying out the work who foot the bill), so we’re just trying to find out if the work is something that we should be concerned about, and therefore instruct one of these surveyors, or not?  Interested to hear if any other landlords have been through the same process. Thanks.

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  1. guildy

    You’re right, this is out of our area of expertise. Hopefully, others will see this and reply if they’ve had any experience.

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