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Who is responsible for rendering a party wall?

Discussion in 'Building' started by KariA, 22 Oct 2020.

  1. KariA

    KariA

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    We’ve built a party wall that straddles the boundary (party wall agreement in place) - neighbour has agreed this on the basis we’re paying to build the wall. There’s a double layer of breeze blocks with insulation in the middle. Builder says the neighbour must render his side, but the wall must be sealed by bitumen or the builder won’t sign their guarantee. It all feels wrong and our neighbour has been tricky at every turn. Any online searches just flag up the party wall Act. Our party wall agreement doesn’t specify what happens to the wall on the adjoining side.
    Help!
     
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  3. KenGMac

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    OK I live in Scotland, all this Party Wall thing is alien [thank goodness] to me

    Looking at things as dispassionately as possible??

    Your builder has contracted to construct this wall, I would assume that the contract was meant to include ALL WORK, that includes the work that could only be undertaken from your neighbours side of the wall.

    UNLESS???

    Did the neighbour bar the builder from working inside their property? as apart of their agreeing to the Party Wall agreement??

    Ken.
     
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    Render it, unless you want a war with the neighbour.
     
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    It's your responsibility

    Your builder is bulls hitting

    Why sealed with bitumen? Is the ground higher on neighbours side

    This is a cavity wall, why would it leak if rendered
     
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  6. KariA

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    Thank you all, our gut feeling is the builder is trying to cut his costs- neighbour also planning to use our wall to build his extension but we just feel it’s another cost we’ll have to cover. The builders will leave but we have to live here.
     
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    Well, in my opinion, if the neighbour has kindly allowed you build the wall, albeit at your expense, the least you could do is leave them a nice, rendered and painted wall to look at instead of a blockwork wall. Honestly, what would you expect if the situation was reversed?
     
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