The owner of a two-storey terraced Victorian house served a notice under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 (the Act) on the adjoining owner in respect of ‘underpinning’ the party wall (and others) to lower the basement floor level to facilitate a basement conversion. Notification was also given to insert a ridge beam and two floor beams into the party wall and to raise the party wall parapet to facilitate a loft conversion.
The adjoining owner contacted us by phone and although they were happy in principle with the conversion proposals they were very nervous of the impact it may have on their property. They described the design details and proposed methods (which accompanied the notice) and they were of concern because the proposals seemed to prejudice the adjoining owner, should they (or their successors) wish to convert their own loft and/or basement at a future time.
After taking our advice the adjoining owner dissented to the notified works stating that if suitable designs and methods were proposed then they would consent.
Christopher Scott of Scott Surveying was subsequently appointed to represent their interest in accordance with The Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
By ensuring both building and adjoining owners discharge their statutory duties under the terms of The Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
By giving an understanding of the rights granted under the Act
Checking and ensuring that suitable methods were adopted so that any inconvenience to the adjoining owner was kept to a minimum and their building was properly safeguarded.
Ensuring that the basement and loft proposals were designed and built out in a manner that would be prejudicial to the adjoining owner should they wish to convert their own loft and/or basement at a future time.
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