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Identifying Adjoining Owners in a Party Wall Matter

Thursday, 10th October 2019 | by: Justin Burns

Once you’ve established that your works are covered by the Act the next step is to identify who the affected adjoining owners are. An ‘owner’ is defined in section 20 of the Act as ‘a person in possession of land, otherwise than as a mortgagee or as a tenant from year to year or for a lesser term or as a tenant at will’ or, in other ... Read more >>

Are My Works Covered by the Party Wall Act?

Tuesday, 17th September 2019 | by: Justin Burns

The very first step in the process is to establish whether your proposed works fall within the scope of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and, if so, which adjoining owners are affected. Sections 1, 2 & 6 of the Act set out an owner’s rights but those rights are only exercisable if the necessary notices are served, let’s look at each of them ... Read more >>

What is a License to Alter?

Tuesday, 26th February 2019 | by: Justin Burns

When looking to undertake works there are numerous things to consider and professionals to instruct. Drawings for planning and then Building Regulations, the structural design and calculations, party wall surveyors and perhaps a solicitor for amendments to legal titles etc. but one requirement that is often little understood is the need to obtain ... Read more >>

Can my neighbour build on my land?

Tuesday, 30th October 2018 | by: Justin Burns

In general, your neighbour only has the right to build up to the boundary line (line of junction) between the two properties but there are circumstances when they can legitimately build on your land. Ground Floor Extension You can give consent for them to build a new party wall and foundations on your land. An existing boundary wall built ... Read more >>

CONTROLLING CONDENSATION AND MOULD

Wednesday, 22nd August 2018 | by: Justin Burns

What is Condensation? There is always some moisture in the air, even if you cannot see it. If air gets cold, it cannot hold all the moisture produced by every-day activities and some of this moisture appears as tiny droplets of water, most noticeable on windows on a cold morning. This is condensation. It can also be seen in mirrors when you have a ... Read more >>