If there is something that your neighbors do not like in your plans, or if there is a bit of work on the party wall they expect from you while you are doing your own work, then your neighbours can, if they wish, give you a counter-message. Not all work on the party walls requires a party wall agreement. These include small jobs such as drilling inside the wall to assemble kitchen units or shelves. The wall endured or the addition or replacement of power lines or sockets does not require consent. If an agreement is not possible, then you must appoint a surveyor. You can appoint a surveyor who works for both of you, or anyone`s. The surveyor will organize a wall party award that will set out the details of the work. The subjects of the party wall can get quite complicated. In order to speed up the unification process, it is important to obtain legal assistance in choosing the appropriate documents and to ensure that they are addressed to the individuals concerned. If the construction of an entirely new wall is to be located above the demarcation line, it should not be announced less than a month before work begins. If you have received a notice for a crossing line for a new wall directly on the owner`s property, you do not need to respond to the notice, unless the contractor must give two months in writing on work on a party wall or a limit or month`s notice for the excavations. It is often necessary to distribute two communications when the person occupying the neighbouring land has a long lease, so an indication of the party wall must be presented to the occupier and owner of the land.
Even if you fail to get a party wall contract, it`s not really a violation of the law, but not only will you violate a „legal obligation,“ but you also risk paying damages that are not your fault. Your neighbour could claim that his property was damaged by your work and without details or proof of the previous condition of the property (which you would have given by notice of the party) there is not much you can do. If you receive a message from a neighbor that they intend to start working on a party wall, several options are open to you, but it depends on the type of work. A party wall message should be sent to your neighbours to inform them of the work you intend to do on the party wall, between two months and a year before the work begins. The building permit is not necessary to send a party notice, and as you have up to a year to start work as soon as the notice has been sent, it is a good idea to do so as quickly as possible to avoid delays. You should first speak to your neighbours in person before you have sent a written message to assure them that you are taking the right path and precautions.