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Party Wall Act consulted in Home Buyers Survey in London

A Home Buyers Survey in London has reported that a neighbour should be asked to assist with repairs needed to make a property watertight.

Built in 1965 the home was beginning to lose its polish and deteriorate, most notably in the roof.

Cracks in roof next-door creates problem in Home Buyers Survey in London

The Chartered Surveyor noted that the roof of the Chingford home, which backed on to the William Girling Reservoir, was in good condition. Unfortunately, the roof of the residence adjoining the semi-detached property showed a serious defect along its junction with the abutment.  

Properties such as the one in this Building Survey in London that have shared walls are inextricably linked and therefore share common problems. A defect can cause problems in neighbouring properties as well the one in which it occurs. The responsibility for these issues is designated within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.

In this particular HomeBuyer Report in East London, the Surveyor noted that:

“The section of the adjoining property is cracked and defective and can lead to water penetration into the subject property. ”

In light of this, he recommended that:

“As the roof is a Party Structure under the Party Wall etc Act, we would recommend to liaise with the adjoining owner in regards to making necessary repairs to ensure the abutment is a watertight and permanent junction. ”

Before proceeding to purchase, urged the Surveyor’s HomeBuyer Report, the buyer should ensure that the neighbour in question was willing to uphold their responsibility for the shared structure.

Otherwise … only minor issues to be fixed in Home Buyers Survey in London

Apart from the potentially troubling neighbouring rooftop, the home was in reasonable repair. As with any building of this age, the East London property was showing some signs of wear.

Repairs that would be necessary (but were not considered urgent) by the Building Surveyor included:

  • Highly corroded metal gates at all entrances – these needed replacing.
  • The kitchen was “dated”, in the words of the Surveyor, and a refit would be beneficial to the property's value.
  • Poor flue linings would need replacing before the fireplace was used – the original linings presented a fire hazard.
  • Sections of the chimney breast were cracked and in need of repair.

Even with these blemishes, the Surveyor found this Chingford home to be a justified purchase. The Home Buyers Survey in London was adamant that if the Party Wall issue was resolved then the buyer could proceed in the knowledge that repairs to the home required were generally superficial.

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