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PARTY WALL etc. ACT 1996

15. Service of notices etc.

 

(1)     A notice or other document required or authorised to be served under this Act may be served on a person —

 

(a) by delivering it to him in person;

(b) by sending it by post to him at his usual or last-known residence or place of business in the United Kingdom; or

 

(c) in the case of a body corporate, by delivering it to the secretary or clerk of the body corporate at its registered or principal office or sending it by post to the secretary or clerk of that body corporate at that office.

 

(2)     In the case of a notice or other document required or authorised to be served under this Act on a person as owner of premises, it may alternatively be served by —

 

(a) addressing it “the owner” of the premises (naming them), and

 

(b) delivering it to a person on the premises or, if no person to whom it can be delivered is found there, fixing it to a conspicuous part of the premises.

16. Offences

(1)      If —

 

(a) an occupier of land or premises refuses to permit a person to do anything which he is entitled to do with regard to the land or premises under section 8(1) or (5); and

 

(b) the occupier knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the person is so entitled,

the occupier is guilty of an offence.

(2)     If —

 

(a) a person hinders or obstructs a person in attempting to do anything which he is entitled to do with regard to land or premises under section 8(1) or (5); and

 

(b) the first-mentioned person knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the other person is so entitled,

the first-mentioned person is guilty of an offence.

 

(3)     A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) or (2) is liable on summary conviction to a fine of an amount not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

 

17. Recovery of sums

 

Any sum payable in pursuance of this Act (otherwise than by way of fine) shall be recoverable summarily as a civil debt.

 

18. Exception in case of Temples etc

 

(1)     This Act shall not apply to land which is situated in inner London and in which there is an interest belonging to —

(a) the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple,

 

(b) the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple,

 

(c) the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, or

 

(d) the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

 

(2)     The reference in subsection (1) to inner London is to Greater London other than the outer London boroughs.

 

19. The Crown

 

(1)     This Act shall apply to land in which there is —

 

(a) an interest belonging to Her Majesty in right of the Crown,

 

(b) an interest belonging to a government department, or

 

(c) an interest held in trust for Her Majesty for the purposes of any such department.

 

(2)     This Act shall apply to —

 

(a) land which is vested in, but not occupied by, Her Majesty in right of the Duchy of Lancaster;

 

(b) land which is vested in, but not occupied by, the possessor for the time being of the Duchy of Cornwall.

 
 
 
 

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