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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.

Party Wall act

How The Party Wall and so on.

Act 1996 Works In simple terms, the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 can be split into 2 stages; firstly the Notifying Stage and second of all, if required, the Disputed Stage. The first stage is where the Building Owners have a legal commitment to serve a formal Notification detailing the proposed works upon the Adjacent Owners. If the Adjoining Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no hassle or, present no hazard of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners only require to verify, in writing, that they grant the works and the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 might end there. The second stage would just be set off if the Adjacent Owners had any issues connecting to the Building Owners’ propositions or picked to overlook the Notification served by the Building Owners.
A dispute would then be deemed to have arisen and, the structure offered by the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “dispute” having emerged, both the Structure Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to designate a Party Wall Surveyor to continue with resolving the dispute.
Party Wall Surveyors are duty bound to administer the Act impartially as they are, in essence, agents of the Court. Prior to any dispute arising, Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners do not necessarily require the services of a Party Wall Surveyor. The Party Wall Business are frequently commissioned to provide suggestions on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are lawfully valid. When selected, the Surveyors will think about the proposed works and agree a Party Wall Award which would detail the structure works and how they should 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 good.

What is a Party Wall Notice?

Structure Owners planning to bring out any of the works defined within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 have a legal responsibility to serve written Notice on any Adjoining Owner who may be impacted by the Structure Owners proposed works.
Mr Herman desired to repair the Party Fence Wall that divided the 2 gardens and served a Notification on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. As Mr Herman just served the Notification in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann refused to accept the Notification as being legitimate and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be related to as Structure Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman must likewise be consisted of on the Notification.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a legally binding document between Structure Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has been agreed by the designated surveyor( s), authorising the execution of building work in accordance with the Act. An Arrange of Condition study of the Adjoining Owners property, although not a specific requirement of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, is traditional and forms a referral document within the Award.

I Currently Have Preparation Approval And/ Or Structure Control Approval. Do I Still Need To Follow The Party Wall Act?

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 is a completely different piece of statute legislation to the Town and Nation Planning Act 1990 or the Building Act 1984. For that reason, if your prepared works would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act then yes, you would have to follow the treatments set out within the Act. No Local Authority consent or approval would eliminate the legal commitment to serve a Party Wall Notification 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 strong structure that sits astride a boundary and not belonging to a structure. Any works to such walls that would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also apply 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 limit or not.

If the Adjoining Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no hassle or, posture no threat of damage to their residential or commercial property, the Adjoining Owners only need to validate, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “dispute” having actually developed, both the Structure Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to designate a Party Wall Surveyor to continue with solving the disagreement. The Party Wall Company are frequently commissioned to provide recommendations on the Act and to serve the relevant Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are legally legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding file in between Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has actually been agreed by the selected property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. Any works to such walls that would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act would likewise apply to Party Fence Walls.

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