Section 7 of the Party Wall Act: Compensation
Section 7 of the party wall act provides for compensation of an adjoining owner for any loss or damage arising out of the works. In subsection (3) the building owner must take proper precautions to protect adjoining land, buildings and people by means such as shoring up and protecting from falling debris.[The Earl of Lytton]
Section 7(1) provides that a building owner is at all times prohibited from causing any unnecessary inconvenience to any adjoining owner or tenant.
Section 7(2) provides that a building owner is liable to pay compensation to any adjoining owner or tenant for any losses or damage caused by any works being carried out in accordance with the Act.
Section 7(3) provides a building owner, in carrying out works that lay open any part of an adjoining owners land or building(s) must ensure that at all times that there is proper hoarding, shoring, fans and/or temporary construction for the protection of the adjoining land or building(s) and any persons occupying the land or buildings.
Section 7(4) provides that a building owner must get the previous written consent of any adjoining owner on whose land s/he intends to place special foundations.
Section 7(5) provides that the building owner who intends to carry out any works under the provisions of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 must comply with all statutory requirements and must execute the works in accordance with the plans that have been agreed between the parties and/or the Party Wall surveyors.
Should any part of this section of the Act affect any of our readers, please feel free to contact Icon Surveyors, we are always on hand and would be 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.