Served a Party Wall Notice

Free Party Wall Notice Generator

Chris BeltonBy Chris Belton|September 29, 2023|In Party Wall Advice

Introducing Our Free Party Wall Notice Generator

Are you planning construction or renovation work that involves a party wall? If so, you’re likely aware of the importance of notifying your neighbours in compliance with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. Navigating the legalities of this process can be quite a challenge, but Archway Party Walls is here to make it easier for you. We are delighted to introduce our brand-new Party Wall Notice Generator, a powerful tool designed to simplify the notice creation process, ensuring your project gets off to a smooth start.

What is a Party Wall Notice?

Before we dive into the details of our notice generator, let’s briefly recap the importance of a Party Wall Notice. Under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, anyone planning specific construction or excavation work near a party wall, boundary, or line of junction is legally required to serve notice to their neighbouring property owners. This notice informs them about the upcoming work and their rights under the Act.

Failure to serve a proper Party Wall Notice can result in costly delays, disputes, and legal complications down the road. That’s where our Party Wall Notice Generator steps in.

Introducing the Party Wall Notice Generator

Our Party Wall Notice Generator is a free, user-friendly online tool designed to help you create fully compliant party structure notices, adjacent excavation notices, and line of junction notices in a matter of minutes.

Why Use Our Generator?

Instant and Convenient: Our notice generator streamlines the process, allowing you to enter a few essential details, and within moments, you’ll have professionally formatted PDF notices ready for download. No more waiting or paying for third-party services.

Compliant and Reliable: We understand the intricacies of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, and our generator is meticulously designed to ensure your notices are fully compliant with the legislation.

User-Friendly: You don’t need to be a legal expert to use our generator. It’s simple, intuitive, and suitable for both homeowners and professionals alike.

Cost-Effective: Our generator is completely free to use. We believe in making the Party Wall Notice process as accessible and stress-free as possible.

How to Use Our Party Wall Notice Generator

Visit our the Party Wall Notice Generator page.

Enter the necessary project details, such as your name, address, project description, and the affected neighbouring properties.

Click the “Generate Notices” button.

Your professionally drafted notices will then be ready for download instantly.

Conclusion

At Archway Party Walls, we understand that navigating the legal requirements of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 can be a daunting task. That’s why we’ve developed our Party Wall Notice Generator – to make the process simpler, quicker, and more accessible for you. Whether you’re a homeowner planning a renovation or a professional in the construction industry, our free generator is here to help.

To get started, visitor our party wall generator at the following link: https://partywallsurveyor-london.uk/party-wall-notice-creator/.

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Party Wall Enclosure Costs

Understanding Party Wall Enclosure Costs - A Simple Guide

Chris BeltonBy Chris Belton|September 1, 2023|In Party Wall Advice

The Party Wall Act can take people by surprise when they discover they need to pay their neighbour for using existing structures. These payments are known as “enclosure costs.” In this straightforward guide, we’ll explain what enclosure costs are all about, when they apply, and how they are calculated.

Introduction

Section 11(11) of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 introduces the concept of ‘enclosure costs.’ These are payments that a building owner must make to their neighbour when they plan to use work that was previously done at the neighbour’s expense. Two common examples where they will likely apply include:

  1. When you want to build an extension and enclose on an existing wall built by the neighbour to become part of the new extension’s structure.
  2. When you want to create a loft conversion and will subsequently make use of a wall that was raised by your neighbour when they carried out their own loft conversion.

Party Wall Enclosure Costs

How are enclosed costs claculated

When a building owner utilises construction work that their neighbour previously paid for, they must pay a fair share of the costs for the work they’re subsequently making use of. Typically, this is half of what it would cost to build the wall today. For instance, if a wall cost Β£100 to build in 1900 and would cost Β£10,000 today, the building owner owes the neighbour Β£5,000 for making use of the wall. This calculation considers current construction costs and includes materials, labour, fees, and any other relevant expenses.

Who is entitled to receive payment for enclosure costs?

It’s essential to note that the current adjoining owner is entitled to payment, regardless of when the wall was originally built. This remains true even if the current owner had no part in the wall’s construction or funding.

How are enclosure costs paid?

Surveyors appointed for the project will calculate the payment amount, which will be detailed in a party wall award. The building owner must then directly compensate the adjoining owner for this established sum. Typically, payment is made via bank transfer, although specific preferences will be confirmed by the adjoining owner. Payment is usually due when the wall is enclosed upon, but the timing can be determined differently by the surveyors and will be specified in the award.

Conclusion

Enclosure costs can be a complex and potentially contentious aspect of the Party Wall Act. It’s crucial to rely on experienced party wall surveyors for accurate calculations and guidance. At Archway Party Wall Surveyors, we specialise in handling enclosure costs and can provide expert advice and representation to help resolve such matters.

If you are undertaking works which may involve the Party Wall Act, why not contact Archway Party Walls for free impartial advice.

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Party Wall Notice Creator

Appealing a party wall award

Your Guide to the Appeal Process

Before describing briefly how to lodge an appeal, it is important to understand what you are getting into. An appeal is an expensive piece of litigation. You need deep pockets, even if your appeal is successful – or at least good legal cover insurance.

Nicholas Isaac QC, a barrister specialising in party wall matters, estimates that it costs between Β£16,500 and Β£33,000 to WIN an appeal of a party wall award. The high cost of challenging perceived unfair behaviour is prohibitive and perhaps the biggest reason why litigation is avoided.

Members of the public are broadly unfamiliar with the party wall act and seek the guidance of specialist party wall surveyors to ensure matters are handled correctly. When presented with a letter of appointment, a building owner will often sign it, believing that this is standard procedure – which indeed it is. What people do not realise however, and party wall surveyors are included in this, is that a letter of appointment should only be signed if there is a dispute.

Building owners wishing to undertake work in pursuance of the party wall act should engage with a party wall surveyor at an early stage. Far too often, engagement happens too late, and this causes avoidable stress to all parties involved. Signing a letter of appointment nice and early can seem like a sensible and necessary thing to do, but there are some flaws that must not be ignored.

Firstly, you only need to sign a letter of appointment if there is a dispute. A dispute follows the serving of a party wall notice, where the neighbour either dissents to the work, or does not respond. The Party Wall Act is clear when a letter of appointment is required, it refers to it in sections 10(1)(a) and (b) of the Act, β€˜where a dispute arises or is deemed to have arisen’ both parties shall appoint either one surveyor (the agreed surveyor) or their own surveyors. Section 10(4) requires the appointment to be in writing. The act is generally triggered by serving a notice (save for sections 3(3)(a) and (b), and there are no requirements made by the Act for surveyors to be appointed. Indeed, many building owners choose to serve their own notices.

How a neighbour / adjoining owner responds to a notice determines whether a surveyor needs to be appointed. If a neighbour consents, then there is simply no need to appoint a surveyor, and work can start. If a dispute does arise, (for example, a disagreement over damage), a surveyor can be appointed to adjudicate and serve an award. Alternatively, a neighbour can dissent and appoint a surveyor, in which case an award is served settling the β€˜dispute’. A neighbour may be perfectly happy for the building owner to use the same surveyor as the one the neighbour has picked – this is known as the β€˜agreed surveyor’ route. This saves the building owner having to pay his own surveyor’s fees. However, if the building owner has already appointed a surveyor, then more often than not, the agreed surveyor opportunity is lost, and either from lack of knowledge, or misrepresentation, the building owner has to pay two sets of surveyor’s fees. This is unacceptable.

To find out more about Appealing a party wall award and much more, dive into our latest blogs to get the lowdown on party walls. Whether you’re dealing with construction or legal stuff, we’ve got you covered.

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