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I am Al and am happy to assist you with your enquiry.
The legislation covering this proposed works is covered under the Party Wall Act 1996.
This Act has been specifically designed to protect people, like yourself, whereby a neighbour is planning excavation work/extensions near to the boundary.
If you consent to these works, without taking it further, you are leaving yourself open.
It would be normal (and I am sure your neighbours have been advised accordingly) for you NOT to consent to the proposed works without first taking advice from a Surveyor.
Unless you sign the consent form, the following process occurs:
I would therefore recommend that you follow this above process, and don't feel that you should just sign the consent form.
I hope this helps and answers your question.
Thank you. And normally how much would my neighbours appointment of a surveyor on our behalf cost them? Would it be wise for them to use their existing surveyors or does this have to be a new independent surveyor? Many thanks.
It's hard for me to give you a figure on the fees- it all depends on how soon you reach an agreement with your neighbour. It is usual nowadays for their Surveyor to act for both parties, this reducing fees- I would say it will probably cost your neighbours an extra £750-£1,000 if you instruct their Surveyor to act for you also. Although this may sound a lot, I am sure that your neighbours will already have been advised of this and that it would be normal for you to instruct the Surveyor, so please don't feel guilty!
I hope this assists.
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