Case Study 1

Mr and Mrs Evans’s neighbours were removing the chimney breast to their house, which was against the Party Wall.  Their surveyor served a Party Wall Notice under Section 2

During the works Mr and Mrs Evans noted some cracks had appeared on their side of the party wall.  We inspected the cracks with the neighbour’s surveyor and agreed that the removal of the chimney breast had caused the cracks. So the neighbours had to pay for repairing the cracks and redecorate the area

 

Case Study 2

Mr Jones's neighbours were forming an extension to the rear of their house.  The new foundations fell under Section 6 of and the new wall under Section 1

Under  Section 1 of the Act the neighbour can construct a wall astride the boundary line  with Mr Jones’ permission.  Otherwise it would need to be constructed wholly on their own land

Mr Jones did not like the idea of the wall on his land so permission was refused 

Mr Jones was also very proud of his garden and was worried about his plants next to the new wall.  A Party Wall Award can allow for such occurrences and we included a clause in the Party Wall Award for a specialist gardener to be brought in to protect the plants.  A small number of plants were killed during the works so the specialist was brought in to replace them, all at the expense of the neighbour

Case Study 3

 Mr and Mrs Smith’s neighbours were constructing a basement next door and forming a room in their roof.  The basement works fell under  Section 6  of the Act and the new beams in connection with the loft works fell under  Section 2   Accordingly their Party Wall Surveyor served Party Wall Notices

Mr and Mrs Smith appointed us and we duly agreed the schedule of condition and agreed the Award

During a routine inspection, to our horror, we noted the neighbours had completely gutted their house leaving the party wall dangerously unstable.  This was certainly not agreed in the Party Wall Award so as Party Wall Surveyor we acted swiftly to get Mr and Mrs Smith to install propping immediately to prevent to risk of collapse

 

 

 

 CWC PARTY WALLS chartered surveyors

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