WHAT DO I DO IF I RECEIVE A NOTICE?
If you are an Adjoining Owner and you receive a notice under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, you will have 14 days to carefully consider how to safeguard your interests. You have three options as follows:
Consent to the Notice and choose not to appoint a surveyor:
If you have no objection to the works and are confident that the risk thereof is minimal, then you may consent to the works and the Building Owner will be able to proceed with his proposed work without the appointment of surveyor/s.
Dissent to the Notice and appoint your own surveyor:
You are entitled to appoint your own surveyor and he/she and the Building Owner’s Surveyor will prepare an award authorising the rights of the Building Owner to proceed with his proposed works.
Dissent to the Notice and concur in the appointment of an Agreed Surveyor:
You may concur in the appointment of one surveyor (Agreed Surveyor) to represent both parties’ interests and he/she will act impartially to draw up an Award. Once the award is served, the works may proceed.