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Last edited 17 Feb 2022
Part wall counter notice
They may require that the work is done differently or in a manner which mitigates the adverse effects on their property. A building owner must take the requirements on board unless they are felt unnecessary, injurious or otherwise difficult. In that case the matter is in dispute and is resolved under the disputes process.
Section 4(1) provides that an adjoining owner who does not wholly agree with a ‘party structure notice’ that has been served by a building owner is entitled to serve the building owner with a counter notice requiring that the building owner may only carry out the notified works in accordance with the specified conditions of the counter notice.
Subsection 4(1)(a) provides that any proposed works by a building owner in respect to a ‘party fence wall’ are carried out in and/or on the wall or structure to the convenience of the adjoining owner.
Subsection 4(1)(b) provides that an adjoining owner who consents in writing to any proposed works being carried out in respect of special foundations can require the building owner to place the foundations at a greater depth than is being proposed. The adjoining owner may also require that the foundations are constructed in a way that will ensure they are sufficiently strong enough to bear the load of any columns of any intended building of the adjoining owner. Note that this subsection provides an adjoining owner with future protection in that they can demand foundations be constructed [to] weight bear the load of ………”any intended building of the adjoining owner.”
Subsection 4(2) provides that an adjoining owner must serve a building owner with a counter notice within one month of the date the notice was served. It must specify the required works to be executed by the building owner and must be accompanied by plans, sections and particulars of the required works.
Subsection 4(3) provides that unless the demands of the adjoining owner would cause injury, unnecessary inconvenience or delay in the party structure notice works being executed, a building owner must comply with the requirements of the counter notice.
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