Posts Tagged ‘Case Law’

Party Wall Injunctions & Costs – Nelson’s Yard Management Co v Eziefula

The Court of Appeal recently gave judgment in Nelson's Yard Management Co v Eziefula [2013] EWCA Civ 235, a case concerning whether the defendant should bear the costs of an aborted application for an injunction for breach of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. Background Nelson's Yard Management Company ("Nelson's") is the freehold owner of 1 – 10 Nelson's Yard, Camden. The Defendant, Mr ...

Date of service of party wall award – Freetown Ltd v Assethold Ltd

In Freetown Limited v Assethold Limited [2012] EWCA Civ 1657 a party wall appeal under section 10(17) of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, the Court of Appeal has given some much needed guidance on the service provisions of section 15 of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. Freetown is the freehold owner of 12 Westport Street, London. Assethold had a long lease of the adjoining property, 4 ...

Harrassment of adjoining owners and damages for trespass – Jones & Lovegrove v Ruth & Ruth

In July 2011 the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in Jones & Lovegrove v Ruth & Ruth [2011] EWCA Civ 804. The case is interesting because it confirms that an errant building owner can be liable in substantial damages for harassment of their adjoining owner, and also provides some guidance on the principles to be applies when assessing damages for trespass to a party wall. The Claimants, mesdames Jones ...

Party walls & nuisance – Hirose Electrical v Peak Ingredients

In August 2011 the Court of Appeal decided the case of Hirose Electrical UK Limited v Peak Ingredients Limited [2011] EWCA Civ 987, and considered whether disrepair to a party wall could constitute a nuisance. The facts   Units 20 and 22 on the Crownhill Industrial Estate, Milton Keynes, were occupied by Peak Ingredients and Hirose Electrical respectively. They were separated by a party wall constructed in breeze block. That party ...

Consent, damages & trespass to a party wall – Seeff v Ho

The Court of Appeal recently considered in Seeff v Ho [2011] EWCA Civ 186 the nature of an alleged oral waiver of the obligations under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, and the basis on which damages for trespass in breach of the 1996 Act are to be assessed. The facts   In 2006 Mr and Mrs Ho decided to build an extension and undertake other improvements to their house at ...

Party walls and permitted development

December 07, 2010  |   Party Wall Blog,Party Wall Case Law,Planning   |     | ?>

Many party wall surveyors will be familiar with the difficulties of dealing with party walls in relation to permitted development. It is unfortunately common for planning authorities to refuse an application for a lawful development certificate where the works include the raising of a party wall on the ground that the whole of the party wall is not owned by the applicant, and therefore does not fall within the meaning of “curtilage” ...

Security for expenses – Kaye v Lawrence

November 01, 2010  |   Party Wall Appeals,Party Wall Blog,Party Wall Case Law   |     | ?>

It has long been thought that an adjoining owner could only request security from the building owner under s. 12(1) of the Party wall etc. Act 1996 (“the 1996 Act”) where works were being undertaken on or to the adjoining owner’s land. However, in a recent appeal from a third surveyors’ award in Kaye v Lawrence [2010] EWHC 2678 (TCC) this was held not to be the case. Mr ...

Party walls, injunctions and exemplary damages

Two recent decisions of the High Court send a salutary message to developers who recklessly infringe the property rights of others, and confirms that flagrant disregard for those rights will usually result in an injunction being issued. In HKRUK II (CHC) Ltd v Heaney [2010] EWHC 2245 (Ch) The developer, a subsidiary of commercial property fund Highcross, undertook a development which included refurbishment of Toronto Square (pictured), ...