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Signing and Serving Party Wall Awards

Sunday, 6th September 2020 | by: Justin Burns

When a party wall award has been agreed it should be served on the owners without delay or ‘forthwith’ as the authors of the Act put it but how does that happen in practice? Until section 15 of the Act was amended by the Electronic Communications Act in 2016 all awards were generally served either by post or in person. The typical procedure ... Read more >>

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Further Awards and The Party Wall Act

Sunday, 9th August 2020 | 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 >>

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Working hours and the Party Wall Act

Sunday, 12th July 2020 | 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 >>

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

Sunday, 14th June 2020 | by: Justin Burns

Party wall procedures are built around a sequence laid down in the Act - the proposed work must be a right provided, 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 owner will desire access ... Read more >>

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What is a Party Wall Award?

Sunday, 24th May 2020 | by: Justin Burns

To understand the purpose of a party wall award it's necessary to take a step back and appreciate where it fits within the procedures set out in the Act. Where a party will notice has been served and has not been consented to by the affected adjoining owner a dispute arises. Both the building owner and the adjoining owner must appoint a surveyor ... Read more >>

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Even if the Covid-19 restrictions start to be eased later this month, the 1.5 million people designated as ‘clinically vulnerable’ will have to remain shielded until at least the middle of June and potentially much longer. That poses a particular problem for property owners within this group whose neighbours plan to commence building works ... Read more >>

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Party Wall Procedures During Lockdown

Tuesday, 7th April 2020 | by: Justin Burns

The Government has confirmed that building work may continue during the current lockdown so long as the temporary Site Operating Procedures (SOP) are complied with. I therefore thought it might be helpful for those at the various stages of planning a building project to consider the impact on party wall procedures. If your designer has already ... Read more >>