Faulkners Surveyors As qualified and experienced Party Wall Surveyors we specialise in all Party Wall matters.
We cover every aspect needed to recommend upon and solve Party Wall problems, such as:

  • Preparing and serving legitimate Party Wall Notices
  • Acting as the Structure Owners Party Wall Surveyor
  • Acting as the Adjoining Owners Party Wall Property Surveyor
  • Acting as the Agreed Party Wall Surveyor
  • Undertaking and preparing Schedules of Condition
  • Preparation and settlement of Party Wall Awards

All our Party Wall Surveyors are professionals and work in accordance with the regulations set down by the Professors of Party Wall Surveyors.

The Party Wall Act and so on 1996 is law, failure to comply with this legislation may result in works being illegal.

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 etc.

In simplistic terms, the Party Wall etc. If the Adjacent Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, posture no threat of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners only need to confirm, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. The second phase would just be triggered if the Adjoining Owners had any concerns relating to the Structure Owners’ propositions or selected to neglect the Notification served by the Building Owners.
A dispute would then be considered to have developed and, the framework offered by the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “disagreement” having developed, both the Building Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to designate a Party Wall Surveyor to proceed with resolving the dispute.
Party Wall Surveyors are task bound to administer the Act impartially as they are, in essence, representatives of the Court. Prior to any disagreement arising, Structure Owners and Adjacent Owners do not necessarily need the services of a Party Wall Surveyor. However, The Party Wall Company are typically commissioned to provide recommendations on the Act and to serve the relevant Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are legally valid. As soon as appointed, the Surveyors will consider the proposed works and concur a Party Wall Award which would detail the structure works and how they need to be undertaken. The rights given within the Party Wall Award undergo 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 preparing to bring out any of the works specified within the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 have a legal obligation to serve written Notice on any Adjacent Owner who might be impacted by the Building Owners proposed works.
Mr Herman desired to fix the Party Fence Wall that divided the 2 gardens and served a Notification on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. As Mr Herman only served the Notification in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann declined to accept the Notice as being valid and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be regarded as Building Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman must likewise be consisted of on the Notice.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a legally binding file between Building Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has actually been agreed by the selected surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. A Set up of Condition study of the Adjoining Owners residential or commercial property, although not a particular requirement of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, is popular and forms a referral document within the Award.

I Already Have Preparation Consent And/ Or Structure Control Approval. Do I Still Required To Follow The Party Wall Act?

If your prepared works would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act then yes, you would have to follow the treatments set out within the Act. No Regional Authority consent or approval would get rid of the legal obligation 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 limit and not being part of a building. Therefore, any works to such walls that would be considered 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 border or not.

If the Adjoining Owners are pleased that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, position no threat of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners only require to confirm, in composing, that they consent to the works and 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 appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to proceed with solving the disagreement. The Party Wall Company are often commissioned to offer guidance on the Act and to serve the appropriate Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are lawfully valid. A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding document in between Structure Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has been concurred by the designated property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of building work in accordance with the Act. Any works to such walls that would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also apply to Party Fence Walls.

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