Your loving neighbour can have dispute with you when it comes to construction in your house and their property is coming in between. Your cordial relations with your neighbour can turn bitter over the property construction because no one wants any kind of damage to their property, especially when it occurs to someone else’s act. Thus, if you wish to maintain healthy relations with your neighbour and also want to be on the safer side while having the construction (which can take more than a month) in your house, you need to get the help from the party wall surveyor who has the knowledge about the party wall constructions and party wall acts for the legal constructions in a property.
Notify your neighbour for the construction
According to the party wall construction, 1996, there is a need to send a notification to your neighbour regarding the construction which you are going to have at your property. After giving the party wall notice, you should obtain the consent from your neighbour regarding the construction in case, there is a dispute over such constructions then the house owner who is planning for the construction can take help from the party wall surveyor to prepare the party wall award to prevent the disagreement turning into the dispute.
Notification should be given to the adjoining neighbour at least two months prior construction if you are planning to have construction related to the party wall and its extent can be minimised to one month in case, you want to have the construction just on the boundary line or foundation. Commencement of the construction can be considered illegal if the notice is not served to the involved parties.
Preparation of the notice for party wall
It is very important to prepare the best notice for the party wall construction. It will help the neighbours to understand the need of construction for you and prevent them from arguments with you over the construction. Hence, to prepare the right notice by keeping in mind the legality of the construction, there is a need to get the services of the party wall surveyor. Party wall surveyor first inspects your property, checks your construction plans and valid issues that can arise during construction which you are planning, then correctly prepares the notice for the party wall construction. In addition to preparing the notice, surveyor also takes care of the documentation and contract preparation.
Contract preparation with neighbours
Despite your neighbour has no objection with the party wall constructions or other adjoining constructions, still, you should get into the “Non-Objection” contract with your neighbour. It will save you from the future troubles. There are several cases, in which the neighbour first has no objection with the construction but later they start creating troubles. Thus, to avoid any such problem with you it is better to sign a contract with your neighbour. Make sure that you mention all the details about the construction like the type of construction, duration of construction and potential damages to the existing adjoining wall. It is also very important to mention about the types of compensation which you would make for the damages.