The Party Wall Act makes no reference to retroactive announcements or rewards. In previous cases, it has been shown that work can be approved retrospectively, but only if the evaluators believe it is eligible for approval – this will not be the case if it has caused damage. If a neighbor has already done the reportable part of their work, it`s all about dealing with all the consequences – such as . B damage to the property of the adjacent owner. If the neighbors cannot agree, it must be decided by a court. A party wall contract covered by the Party Wall Act includes the common walls between semi-detached and semi-detached houses, or structures such as floors between apartments or maisonettes, as well as the perimeter walls of gardens. In addition to changes that directly affect structures, the effect of excavations within 3 to 6 meters of the boundary can be covered by law if it is assumed that foundations have effects (depending on depth). For this reason, we always recommend having an architect on board who can anticipate these problems and advise you on when to act. Your neighbor has 14 days to respond and give consent or request a settlement of the party wall.
If they accept the job in writing, you don`t need a party wall agreement and this can save the fees, which are usually £700 to £900 per neighbour. So it`s worth contacting your neighbors first to discuss your suggestions and try to resolve any issues in advance, or at least make sure they receive the notification and respond within 14 days, because if they don`t, they`re considered controversial and you`ll need to hire an appraiser anyway. whether or not they agree with the work. . . .