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Thank you so much Jo. I live in a Georgian terrace house worth £1m. Like most Georgian terrace houses the foundations are not deep and my house has ties into my neighbours at 4th floor level. I anticipate that if there is cracking due to subsidence, the costs would run into tens of thousands, I have not seen the builders insurance,
Thank you so much Jo for a very helpful reply. The problem is that my neighbour does not use qualified architects and a recognised firm of builders. The plans are so far not detailed and drawn up by a consulting architect who is a member of the institute of civil engineers. So far he has recruited a gang of labourers with a chief foreman. I would expect the foreman and labourers to be self employed. Their work so far is unimpressive. I doubt that any of the building team has indemnity of up to £3m. Can we insist that my neighbour uses a reputable firm and that we have proof of their indemnity of £3m.
thanks once again Jo. My next question is that we sign up to a party wall agreement and that my neighbour goes ahead with work but continues to use unqualified people without proper insurance and cuts corners with regard to other recommendations.. How do we enforce a party wall agreement when we lack hard evidence that the terms of the party wall agreement are being flouted. Our local council seems very laid back and I cannot anticipate them taking any action unless the properties are about to collapse into the street!
Thank you once again for a very helpful reply. I think I am entitled to one final question. What should I do if my neighbour fail to produce evidence of builders insurance and/or fail to agree to appoint a qualified architect or appropriately qualified engineer to oversee the work? Can I do anything to stop the work from commencing.