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Party Wall Horrors

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  • Party Wall Horrors

    I’m interested in hearing anyone's experience re party walls. We built a property last year, there was some uncertainty among our professional advisers whether a party wall agreement was required, but in the end entered into an agreement with neighbours who had become absolute pains sending us solicitors’ letters and making threats about getting injunctions etc. We entered into he agreement assured by our party wall surveyor that all this sort of thing would stop. It didn’t. It seemed as though next door and their surveyor were out to cause as much trouble as possible, so everything was disputed, nothing could be negotiated. Even after the award was signed off, there were a couple of small items to be sorted out, these works should have cost a £100-150. Next door refused our offer to do the work and sought quotes which came in at nearly £1,000. We disputed this and it’s gone to a third surveyor. More costs, which it seems we are always expected to pick up and delays. It seems that the Party Wall Act in this instance has been used not as a means of problem avoidance, but as a weapon against us. We are left severely out of pocket and our legal advice is that there is nothing much we can do with any reasonable degree of success. Any thoughts, ideas, similar experiences anyone?

  • #2
    I am not a lawyer, but can't you tell them that harrassment is against the law and any more of this crap will be dealt with accordingly?

    If you have offered to do the work (or get the work done professionally) and even get it signed off by building regs if it is required. You can even ask them to get their surveyor to sign it off (at their own expense).

    All these costs mount up. Send them a Small Claims Court claim for all the out of pocket expenses you have had to put up with. If nothing else, it might make them think again in the future.

    These are just thoughts. The ultimate decision is yours.
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    • #3
      The whole process has been so grossly one-sided that you'd think we'd be able to do something, but we're continually being told that the costs of doing anything legally to recover some of the costs we've incurred are outweighted by the risks of doing so. However, you have set me thinking about the Small Claims angle, that may be the cost effective route to go, if our circumstances fit. Thanks for the idea.


      • #4
        Good luck. Let us know how it pans out for you.
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