The client only learned the extent of the party wall
during the demolition of the building.
WHAT TO DO: If a neighbour carries out major work on a party wall
without proper notice, ask them to stop and get a party-wall agreement for you to sign.
Notices must be served before the building works commence and agreements must be put in place, therefore, allow plenty of time for this as it could result in delays being incurred.
Major structural work, on the other hand, is another matter and is governed by the Party Wall
Act, 1996, most recently updated in January this year.
To comply with the act, you'll need to give your neighbours two months' notice of the work and if they don't agree to it, party wall
surveyors will have to be appointed to draw up an agreement governing the work and any damage caused by it.
notices have to be served either one or two months before work is due to start.
To comply with the act, you'll need to give your neighbours two months' notice of the work and unless they agree to it, you'll have to appoint party wall
surveyors to draw up agreements governing the work, which can be a fraught and expensive process.
Remarkably, despite space limitations, three stairs were incorporated: a dog-leg stair giving access from the entrance level living area, to the lower level kitchen (that accesses a courtyard garden); a single straight flight along the western party wall
, giving access to the first floor double-height family room (that leads to two bedrooms); and a feature stair, visible through a double-height window that leads to an expansive master suite and roof terrace.
Christopher Hoyland, 42, plunged a knife into George Evans's neck on the day he was drilling holes in a party wall
But the party wall
separating the two houses reached far below ground level.
The city's Local Law 10 of 1980 requires inspection of the facade every five years, but would have only applied to 20 feet in from the street on this wall, which was not facing a street and was originally constructed to be a party wall
with a future neighboring skyscraper.
D Hare (Construction) Ltd, discharge conditions 3 (materials), 4 (external stone), 7 (window frames) on previous permission for listed building consent for alterations to barn to create property, including partial rebuild of 11 Wellhouse Farmhouse roof and party wall
, demolition of outbuildings, construction of detached property, construction of two carports, Wellhouse Farm Barn, Wellhouse, Mirfield.