Our Party Wall Surveyor can help with Party Wall Notices.
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 is a UK law that governs the rights and responsibilities of property owners when it comes to building work that affects a shared wall or structure, or when one owner wants to carry out work on their property that could affect their neighbour’s property.
The act applies to England and Wales. Under the act, a “party wall” is defined as a wall that is shared by two properties, or a wall that stands on the land of two properties and is used by both properties.
The act also applies to other structures that are shared by two properties, such as floors, ceilings, and other partitioning walls. The purpose of the Party Wall etc. The act is to provide a framework for resolving disputes between property owners and to protect the interests of both parties when it comes to building work that affects a shared wall or structure. It sets out the rights and responsibilities of property owners and provides a process for resolving disputes that may arise.
Services that we offer:
• Free Party Wall Advice.
• Party Wall Notices Served.
• Party Wall agreements drawn up.
• Party Wall Schedules (Recording of defects and existing conditions prior to works commencing).
• Evaluating plans and how they come under the Party Wall Act.
• Acting as the “Agreed Surveyor” between neighbours (Adjoining owners). Explain the law and rights of access.
One of the main provisions of the act is the requirement for a property owner to give their neighbour written notice if they intend to carry out work that will affect a shared wall or structure. This notice must be given at least two months before the work is scheduled to begin and must contain information about the nature of the work and the proposed start date. If the neighbour agrees to the work, they can give their consent in writing, and the work can proceed as planned. If the neighbour does not agree, or if they do not respond to the notice within a certain timeframe, the property owner can appoint a surveyor to act as an arbitrator and help resolve the dispute.
The act also sets out the rights and responsibilities of property owners when it comes to accessing each other’s property to carry out the work. If one property owner needs to access the other’s property to carry out the work, they must do so at reasonable times and with reasonable care and consideration. In addition to the provisions related to party walls and shared structures, the act also covers other types of building work that may affect a neighbour’s property.
This includes work on foundations, excavations, and other types of work that could potentially cause damage to a neighbouring property. If a property owner intends to carry out any of these types of work, they must also give their neighbour written notice, and the provisions of the act apply in the same way as for work on party walls and shared structures. The Party Wall etc. Act is an important piece of legislation in the UK, as it provides a framework for resolving disputes between property owners and helps to protect the interests of both parties when it comes to building work that affects shared walls or structures.
It is important for property owners to be aware of their rights and responsibilities under the act, and to follow the procedures set out in the act when carrying out work that could potentially affect their neighbour’s property.