You might want to extend your building by adding more floors or rooms to it. But before starting the construction, you might want to ensure that your wall is not shared with your neighbour’s. If your neighbour and you share a wall, then you may have to prepare a Party Wall Agreement. The measure is taken if in case your builder damages your neighbor’s property, then who will be liable. The Party Wall Agreement was brought into law to avoid any disputes.
What to do if a Party Wall dispute does arise?
If your neighbour does not agree to your terms and a dispute arises, you cannot commence any construction until the dispute is solved and you get consent in writing to start the building. So, you will need to appoint a surveyor for unbiased agreement. If you and your neighbour agree, you can hire one surveyor acting for both of you; if not, then you both will need different surveyors acting on your behalves. Make sure to engage someone who has been working for many years and has appropriate knowledge and experience.
The surveyor will prepare an ‘Award’, a document containing all the details of the construction to be done; including date of starting and completion, amount of work to be done, and if something extra is needed then provisions for that. It will also include the present condition of the building belonging to both the parties. The document of Award is considered to be agreed by both the parties and is the final binding legal document.