Just removed a wall in the renovation property today in order to turn
two rooms into largish lounge.
As it happens the attached semi had this done some years ago (early-mid
eighties I believe).
On removing the lounge wall at the point it attaches to the party wall
what do I find but the neighbours steel supporting beam not only resting
on my side of the (9") party wall but actually jutting 4" into the room!
To be honest it didn't completely surprise me as having done a little
work on the adjoining property whilst waiting for my plans to be passed
I had seen that the work done on this property was a little shoddy.
Anyway, I have structural engineer coming on Wednesday morning,
hopefully to confirm that it will be all right to rest my beam on hers
as long as a suitable padstone is put in the party wall. And also to OK
my removing the offending 4".
My question is who would be responsible for the extra work possibly
caused by this? I am actually on good terms with the neighbour and will
not pursue her about this but would be interested to know the legal
position on this.
- posted 12 years ago