The Faulkners Surveyors is a specialist Chartered Structure Surveying Practice that runs throughout UK. The Faulkners Surveyors carries out all aspects of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and supplies the following services:
Neutral guidance on all Party Wall Matters
Preparation and service of legitimate Party Wall Notices
Acting as Party Wall Surveyor for either Adjacent Owners or Structure Owners
Acting as the Agreed Party Wall Surveyor
Undertaking Schedules of Condition studies
Preparation and negotiation of Party Wall Awards (Agreements).
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THE PARTY WALL ACT 1996- A NOVICES GUIDE
We value that many individuals wanting to carry out works on their property have the requirements of The Party Wall Act thrust upon at a relatively late stage in the pre-construction process. We also comprehend it can be a challenging procedure for those that have not experienced it before. Here in Faulkners Surveyors, among our senior surveyors, provides his “novices guide” which aims to supply a summary understanding of party walls and the requirements of the Party Wall Act …
What is the Party Wall Act?
The Party Wall etc Act 1996 supplies a procedure to follow when constructing work involves a party wall or party fence wall, some excavations close to neighbouring buildings, and brand-new walls at boundaries. The Act permits owners to perform particular particular works, consisting of work to the full density of a party wall, whilst at the same time protecting the interests of anybody else who might be affected by that work. The Act is created to avoid or minimise disagreements by ensuring property owners inform their neighbours in advance of particular proposed works.
The Act supplies a system for solving disagreements and enabling works to proceed. It likewise needs that, where the adjacent owner does not ‘concur’ in writing to the works, a surveyor or surveyors will figure out the time and method which those works are carried out.
What is a party wall?
Party walls typically different buildings belonging to different owners however could include garden walls developed astride a border– referred to as party fence walls. Where a wall separates 2 different size structures typically just the part that is used by both homes is a party wall, the rest belongs to the individual or persons on whose land it stands.
The “etc” within The Party Wall etc Act 1996 is so included since the arrangements of the Act are not limited to party walls, they also consist of party structures and party fence walls.
Section 20 of the Act defines each:
” party fence wall” suggests a wall (not being part of a building) which bases on lands of various owners and is used or constructed to be utilized for separating such adjacent lands, but does not consist of a wall built on the land of one owner the synthetically formed support of which tasks into the land of another owner;
” party structure” implies a party wall and also a flooring partition or other structure separating structures or parts of buildings approached solely by different entryways or different staircases;
What is covered by the Act?
There are particular items of work that you can just be done after alerting the adjoining owners and either receiving written agreement of the neighbour or with a Party Wall Award prepared by a surveyor/s.
Notifiable works consist of (but are not limited to):.
- cutting into a wall to take the bearing of a beam, for example for a loft conversion.
- inserting a moist proof course, even if just to your own side of a party wall.
- raising a party wall and, if necessary, cutting off any things avoiding this from taking place.
- restoring a party and demolishing wall.
- underpinning a party wall or part of a party wall.
- weathering the junction of adjoining walls or structures by cutting a flashing into an adjoining building.
- excavating foundations within three metres of a neighbour’s structure and lower than its structures.
- excavating foundations within six metres of a neighbour’s structure and listed below a line drawn down at 45 ° from the bottom of its structures.
If it is proposed to develop a new wall on the line of junction (boundary line), notifications are likewise required. A party wall property surveyor will usually be able to confirm which work is notifiable and guidance the notification duration and kind of notice needed.
What is not covered by the Act?
The Act relates only to particular particular kinds of work and is permissive in nature. It should not be viewed as a method of objecting to or avoiding works and it is not planned to be applied to minor tasks that do not affect the structural stability or loading of a party wall.
It is generally agreed that works such as fixing plug sockets, screwing in shelving or replastering walls are minor works and do not require a notification.
The functions of the Act are always instigated by the of issuing notifications. This is the first stage of the process and, without the concern of legitimate notifications, no more action can be taken under the arrangement of the Act.
Composed notification must be served on adjacent owners a minimum of 2 months before beginning any party wall works (one month for works to the line of junction or excavations). All adjacent owners should be served a notice and there are most likely to be instances where there is more than one adjacent property and more than one owner of each property (ie: if the adjacent residential or commercial property is divided into flats and owned on a leasehold basis, notifications will be needed to both leaseholder and freeholder of all flats impacted by the works). Functions to a party wall, or those impacting a ceiling or flooring, will also need a notice to adjoining owners living above or listed below.
Valid notices need to include the following details as a minimum:.
- The name and address of the structure owner;.
- The nature and details of the proposed work consisting of strategies, areas and details of construction approaches.
- The date on which the proposed work will start.
It is important to include the correct information on a notification as, if they are deemed invalid, then any subsequent actions are also void.
Actions To Notices.
On receipt of a notice, an adjoining owner has 3 possible strategies:.
- To consent to the works going ahead as described. If there is a dispute at that phase, a consenting Adjacent Owner keeps all rights under the Act consisting of the right to appoint a surveyor later in the procedure.
- To dissent and select a property surveyor. The Act enables the Owners to concur in the consultation of a single ‘Agreed’ surveyor or designate their own separate property surveyor.
- Provide a counter notice to set out particular conditions required for the benefit of the Adjoining Owner. The Counter Notice should set out what extra or modified work the Adjoining Owner would like to be included for his benefit.
If the adjoining does not react within 14 days then a deemed disagreement is said to have taken place and the person carrying out the work needs to designate a property surveyor to act on the adjoining owners behalf.
If adjoining owners provide composed grant the works as set out within the notices, then there is no conflict to resolve and no additional requirement for party wall property surveyors or, indeed, the Party Wall Act. Assuming work profits as detailed within no damage and the notification is triggered, then no additional involvement is needed.
The property surveyors then work together to agree the terms under which work might proceed. The property surveyor( s) will review the strategies, notifications and structural details of the works and, after considering the effect of the works, will draw up a contract which sets out the terms under which work can be carried out (the Award).
The Party Wall Award.
The award will usually record the condition of the pertinent part of adjacent residential or commercial property before work begins (this is not a requirement under the Act but is considered excellent practice and is properly supplied by many excellent surveyors). The award may likewise grant access to both homes so that the works can be securely performed and the surveyor/s can examine operate in development.
Usually, the structure owner who started the work spends for all expenses of work and the reasonable costs incurred by all celebrations as a result, this will include the property surveyors fees for both Structure Owner and Adjoining Owner.
We appreciate that lots of people wanting to bring out works on their property have the requirements of The Party Wall Act thrust upon at a fairly late phase in the pre-construction process. Here, Michael White C.Build.E MCABE MFPWS, one of our senior property surveyors, offers his “beginners guide” which aims to offer an outline understanding of party walls and the requirements of the Party Wall Act …
What is the Party Wall Act?
The Party Wall etc Act 1996 supplies a treatment to follow when building work involves a party wall or party fence wall, some excavations close to neighbouring buildings, and brand-new walls at boundaries. The Act permits owners to bring out particular specific works, consisting of work to the complete density of a party wall, whilst at the exact same time safeguarding the interests of anybody else who may be affected by that work. Written notice should be served on adjacent owners at least two months before starting any party wall works (one month for works to the line of junction or excavations).
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