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Category Archives: Party Walls and Boundary Walls (General Information)

If you can’t agree with your neighbour on boundary issues, what can you do?

Answer

Appoint a professional to advise on both boundary walls and party walls. With the mutual agreement of both property owners you can engage an ‘Agreed Property Surveyor’ to advise both parties collectively.  Alternatively, one or both parties can individually engage a separate surveyor who will advise one party alone in regards to their own situation, and will provide options regarding both boundary and party walls.

cracked boundary wall
Cracked boundary wall

Acting for Adjoining Owners

Surveyors are often engaged by adjoining owners, in the event of a dispute or general concern as to construction that is or may be built in the adjoining property.

A property surveyors expertise in this field should allow building work to proceed legally and without unnecessary cost, delay or inconvenience ensuring the rights and duties of both parties are fully understood and observed at all stages of the process.

Before you engage any professional to advise in this area you should agree in advance a fair and reasonable charging structure based on the complexity of the works at an early stage without commitment or obligation.

What is a party/boundary wall mediation agreement?

Answer A mediation agreement is entered into following an acceptable resolution between adjoining home owners. The mediator will draft a written agreement detailing the terms and conditions of the settlement they have reached and to which they have agreed. When both home owners agree to its terms, the parties, and the building surveyor / mediator,… Continue Reading

Misunderstandings about party walls and boundary walls in Ireland

We get numerous calls to our office from both home owners and adjoining owners asking about their rights and responsibilities pertaining to their party walls and boundary walls. Quite often our callers have researched their questions and concerns over the internet or from friends and normally end up being more confused at the end of… Continue Reading

Where is your boundary line?

Where is your boundary line?

Answer The Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 is designed to help neighbours resolve any disputes about works on or near the boundary line between two properties if they themselves cannot come to an agreement. Boundaries are denoted Ordnance Survey plans and also on the title plans on the title deeds. Each registered property… Continue Reading

Why use a party wall expert for your building survey?

Answer Do you need a Registered Building Surveyor  who can advise on resolving party wall issues or boundary disputes?  Property Health Check continually strive to improve their level of service because our aim is to assist both building owners and adjoining owners in resolving party wall matters and boundary wall disputes as painlessly as possible. We are… Continue Reading

When is a wall considered a party wall?

When is a wall considered a party wall?

Answer Construction work, including renovations or extensions, may likely have some impact on a Party Wall structure. A wall is considered a party wall structure if it meets either of the following two conditions: The wall in question stands astride a boundary of land belonging to two or more different owners; this means that approximately… Continue Reading