What do I do if I receive a Party Wall Act notice from my neighbour?

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What do I do if I receive a Party Wall Act notice from my neighbour?

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If you receive a notice from your neighbour you should reply to it in writing within 14 days of
receiving it. You do not need to appoint a professional adviser to respond to the notice on
your behalf. You can consent to or disagree with what is proposed.
If you disagree with the proposal, and cannot resolve the matter between yourselves, the
procedure for dealing with a dispute.
If you do not respond to a notice about an intended new wall built up to (but not astride) the
line of junction, the work can commence after the one month notice period. If you do not
respond, in writing, within 14 days to a notice about an intended new wall built astride the
line of junction (a party wall), the Building Owner must build the wall entirely on his own land.
The work can commence after the one month notice period. If you receive a notice about
work to an existing party wall surveyor Earlsfield structure, or a notice about excavations within 3 or 6 metres of your
foundations, and you have not responded, in writing, within a period of 14 days from receipt
of the notice, a dispute is deemed to have arisen. If you disagree with the work described in
a notice under the Act it may be helpful to explain why.
The Building Owner can then consider your objection and perhaps amend his proposal.
Agreement might then be reached, without the need to use the formal dispute resolution
procedure.
What do I do if I believe my neighbour is about to start work and I have not received a
Party Wall Act notice?
You should let your neighbour know (in writing) about the Act.
What do I do if my neighbour starts work and I have not received a Party Wall Act
notice?
The Act contains no enforcement procedures for failure to serve a notice. However, if your
neighbour or a builder carrying out work on your neighbour’s behalf starts work, without
having first given notice in the proper way, you may seek to stop the work through a court
injunction or seek other legal redress. You may wish to take professional or legal advice
before commencing such action.


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