We have served a party wall notice on our neighbour but they are not responding or replying what should we do?
Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS
Try speaking to them about it, in fact it's always a good idea to speak to them before you issue a Notice and then it does not come across so coldly when it lands on their doormat.
The owner may be a landlord and the tenants are just ignoring the Notice, or the owner may be overseas.
I would recommend always doing a Land Registry search and serving the Notice on the owner's registered address - which may not be the adjoining address.
If the owner does not reply in 14 days to the Notice, then a "dissent "has occurred and you must appoint a surveyor on his and your behalf.
In this instance an Agreed surveyor cannot act for both parties.
This article was written by Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS. Carl is a full professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building for which he currently sits on the CIOB professional conduct committee and adjudications panel.
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