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Party wall act and negotiation
Are there any builders out there that sort out the Part Wall Act on behalf of there clients? If so how do you go about this and if negotiation fails between neighbours what then?
you must get a solicitor to do this as it is legally binding as it affects both properties,both parties then have to sign
Answered 23rd Apr 2012
The Party Wall Act only obliges you to serve notice on your neighbour- if they consent to the work that may be all you have to do. There is a very clear guidance booklet available on the planning portal (under the 'do I need permission' tab) which even has template letters for serving notice so that you can do this yourself. Your neighbour can however they can insist on getting a 'Party Wall Award' drawn-up and Party wall surveyors would have to be appointed to represent both sides at your expense (and they are very expensive!). This service is provided by a range of professionals and is actually pretty straight forward.
Answered 29th Apr 2012