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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:41 am 
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Our neighbours built an extension from the back of their house about 4 years ago (1930's 3 bed semi) under permited development. They have built the wall right on the boundry, the roof and facia boards actually come on to our side by 20-30mm.

We are now looking to build our own extension (matching theirs: 3m out with a lean to roof). What is generally done in this situation? Do people build their own wall up to the boundry or use the wall built by next door.

If we end up having to build our own wall, will this cause any issues having two external walls so close together?

From looking at the Party Wall Act. It looks like I would have to write to them asking to use this as a party wall, is that right?

It would be great to hear what is usually done in this situation. We are just on "hello" terms with next door so I have no idea how they would react to this request.

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There was a recent court case where some idiot took his neighbours to court alleging they had taken 2" of his garden when they built the extension wall. They took it to court and lost and the build up of costs for them and for the defendants costs awarded came to hundreds of thousands and they were forced to sell the house.

This shows how important it is to discuss these issues and get written agreements in advance. Quite frankly you really do not want a gap between your wall and their wall and tying it in nicely and getting a nice roof join is just as important for you as it is for your neighbours. So my advice is discuss it with them from the outset and work together to get it right.

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What DWD said. Better to get a formal "party wall agreement" drawn up just in case.

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Thanks for the advice. I will arrange for a “party wall agreement” and see how I get on!

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If they have built right up to the boundary line it is not a party wall and you will most likely have to built your own external wall right up to the boundary line, it is very unlikely that they will allow you to use their exterior wall which is not a party wall. No issue with having two external walls right next to each other, might want to seal at top.

You will anyways have to give them a party wall notice as you are building I think within 4m of their foundations, go and chat to them and see if they are willing to use the same surveyor as you as this potentially can save you thousands.


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