Section 16 of the Party Wall Act - Offences
“Section 16 is self-explanatory and refers to offences and fines.”[The Earl of Lytton]
Section 16(1) provides that an ‘occupier’ of any land or premises who knowingly refuses to allow a building owner, their agent’s, servants or employee’s entry to the premises to which they are entitled to carry out works under the Act, will have committed a criminal offence.
Section 16(2) provides that any person that knowingly obstructs or hinders anyone who is legally attempting to enter the premises to carry out any of the works to which they are entitled under the Act, is guilty of an offence.
Section 16(3) provides that anyone who has committed an offence under subsections 16(1) & (2) and will be liable to a summary conviction and a fine.
Should any part of this section of the Act affect you, please feel free to contact Icon Surveyors, we are more than happy to discuss any matters of concern you may have.
Note*: This blog is not an authoritative interpretation of the law; it is intended as a general guide.