Within 14 days you need to decide whether to dissent or consent to your neighbours proposals if you receive a Notice under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 . This needs to be in writing, whichever way you decide. The complexity of the works your neighbours are proposing and how you view the potential risk of damage to your property will normally affect the way you respond. If the 14 day period passes without you responding or appointing a Party Wall Surveyor a further letter would be sent to you requesting that you either consent or dissent to the Notice. If after a further 10 day period has elapsed and you have not responded, a Dispute would have arisen and the Building Owners have the ability to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor on your behalf because you had not confirmed your decision within this additional 10 day period. Please refer to our Adjoining Owners step-by-step guide
to the Party Wall process for more information.