PARTY WALL SURVEYORS

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Party Wall etc. Act 1996 acting for Building Owners, Adjoining Owners and as the Agreed Property Surveyor throughout London and the Home Counties.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (occasionally parti-wall or parting wall, also known as common wall or as a demising wall) is a dividing partition between two adjoining buildings that is shared by the occupants of each residence or business. Typically, the builder lays the wall along a property line dividing two terraced houses, so that one half of the wall’s thickness lies on each side. This type of wall is usually structural. Party walls can also be formed by two abutting walls built at different times. The term can be also used to describe a division between separate units within a multi-unit apartment complex. Very often the wall in this case is non-structural but designed to meet established criteria for sound and/or fire protection, i.e. a firewall.

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How The Party Wall etc.

In simplified terms, the Party Wall etc. If the Adjacent Owners are pleased that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no trouble or, present no threat of damage to their home, the Adjoining Owners just need to confirm, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. The second stage would just be triggered if the Adjoining Owners had any issues relating to the Structure Owners’ propositions or chose to ignore the Notification served by the Building Owners.
A dispute would then be considered to have actually occurred and, the framework supplied by the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “disagreement” having actually emerged, both the Structure Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to select a Party Wall Property surveyor to continue with resolving the disagreement.
Party Wall Surveyors are responsibility bound to administer the Act impartially as they are, in essence, representatives of the Court. Prior to any dispute occurring, Building Owners and Adjoining Owners do not necessarily require the services of a Party Wall Surveyor. Nevertheless, The Party Wall Company are often commissioned to supply recommendations on the Act and to serve the relevant Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are lawfully legitimate. As soon as selected, the Surveyors will think about the proposed works and concur a Party Wall Award which would information the structure works and how they must be carried out. The rights granted within the Party Wall Award go through the Building Owners making great any damage or, the payment of damages in lieu of making great.

What is a Party Wall Notification?

Structure Owners planning to perform any of the works specified within the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 have a legal responsibility to serve written Notice on any Adjacent Owner who may be impacted by the Building Owners proposed works. There is no main design template for a Notice. Sufficient detail of the proposed works, legal names of all Owners, and when the proposed works will start are all vital to make sure the validity of the Notification.
The case of Lehmann vs Herman (1993) shows the significance of serving a valid Notice. Mr and Mrs Lehmann and Mr and Mrs Herman owned adjacent residential or commercial properties. Mr Herman wished to repair the Party Fence Wall that divided the two gardens and served a Notification on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. However, as Mr Herman only served the Notice in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann contradicted the Notification as being valid and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be considered as Structure Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman ought to likewise be included on the Notification. The dispute wound up in court and the judge agreed with the Lehmanns that the Notification was void.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a legally binding file in between Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has been concurred by the designated property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of building work in accordance with the Act. A Set up of Condition survey of the Adjoining Owners home, although not a specific requirement of the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996, is traditional and forms a referral file within the Award.

I Currently Have Preparation Permission And/ Or Building Control Approval. Do I Still Required To Follow The Party Wall Act?

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 is an absolutely separate piece of statute legislation to the Town and Country Preparation Act 1990 or the Structure Act 1984. Therefore, if your planned works would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act then yes, you would need to follow the treatments set out within the Act. No Regional Authority approval or approval would remove the legal obligation to serve a Party Wall Notice upon your neighbour( s).

Does The Party Wall Act Cover Garden Fences?

The Act does cover “Party Fence Walls” which are deemed to be a wall of solid structure that sits astride a limit and not being part of a building. Any works to such walls that would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also use to Party Fence Walls. Wood fencing, precast concrete posts with infill panel fencing, etc would not be considered to be a Party Fence Wall, whether astride a border or not.

If the Adjoining Owners are pleased that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, position no hazard of damage to their home, the Adjoining Owners just require to validate, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “disagreement” having developed, both the Building Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to continue with resolving the dispute. The Party Wall Company are frequently commissioned to provide guidance on the Act and to serve the appropriate Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are legally valid. A Party Wall Award is a legally binding file in between Building Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has actually been agreed by the designated surveyor( s), authorising the execution of building work in accordance with the Act. Any works to such walls that would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also use to Party Fence Walls.

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