Faulkners Surveyors (Party Wall) was established in 2010 and has proliferated over the past decade as a specialist firm providing dedicated and expert services. Our group are dedicated to supplying a quality service for transparent and affordable costs.

Our goal is to make the procedure as simple and smooth as possible by taking all matters forward progressive and in line with the Act. We intend to keep all celebrations approximately date with the process and supply assurance and convenience in the knowledge that qualified professionals in Party Wall Matters have been selected. The guarantee that our property surveyors are members of the Professors of Party Wall Surveyors and that the firm is an identified RICS firm offers a network of security and benefiting elements of the support and backing of governing bodies.

The director of Faulkners Surveyors (Party Wall) is likewise a chair for the Northern Home Counties area of the Professors of Faulkners Surveyors (Party Wall) whom supplies routine meets to ensure all regional surveyors have access to ongoing support and training. This ensures that we depend on date with appropriate and current case Law in addition to general practices and working policies.

Faulkners Surveyors (Party Wall) is therefore not only recognised for its expert group and inexpensive services by clients however also by and within the network of Party Wall Surveyors both locally and nationally.

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.

In simplistic terms, the Party Wall and so on. If the Adjacent Owners are pleased that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no hassle or, position no threat of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners only need to validate, in composing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. The 2nd phase would only be activated if the Adjoining Owners had any concerns relating to the Building Owners’ proposals or chose to disregard the Notice served by the Building Owners.
A dispute would then be considered to have occurred and, the structure provided by the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “conflict” having emerged, both the Building Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to select a Party Wall Surveyor to continue with fixing 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. However, The Party Wall Business are typically commissioned to offer suggestions on the Act and to serve the appropriate Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are lawfully valid. Once appointed, the Surveyors will consider the proposed works and agree a Party Wall Award which would information the building works and how they must be carried out. The rights granted within the Party Wall Award are subject to the Building Owners making good any damage or, the payment of damages in lieu of making good.

What is a Party Wall Notification?

Building Owners preparing to bring out any of the works defined within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 have a legal commitment to serve written Notification on any Adjacent Owner who may be affected by the Structure Owners proposed works.
The case of Lehmann vs Herman (1993) reveals the significance of serving a legitimate Notification. Mr and Mrs Lehmann and Mr and Mrs Herman owned adjacent properties. Mr Herman wanted to fix the Party Fence Wall that divided the two gardens and served a Notification on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. As Mr Herman only served the Notice 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 related to as Structure Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman need to also be consisted of on the Notification. The conflict 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 agreed by the selected surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. An Award will also state details of: how the works are to be undertaken; working times and days; procedures needed to secure the Adjoining Owners home from damage and unnecessary inconvenience; and make provisions for making great or the payment of settlement ought to harm be caused. A Set up of Condition survey of the Adjoining Owners property, although not a specific requirement of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, is customary and forms a reference file within the Award. The purpose of a Schedule of Condition survey is to supply a composed and photographic record of the condition of the structure prior to any works starting. The schedule is then described needs to any damage come to light throughout or after conclusion of the works
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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 procedures set out within the Act. No Local Authority consent or approval would get rid of the legal responsibility 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 considered to be a wall of solid structure that sits astride a border and not being part of a building. Any works to such walls that would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act would likewise 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 hassle or, pose no threat of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners just need to validate, in composing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “conflict” having arisen, both the Building Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to designate a Party Wall Surveyor to continue with dealing with the disagreement. The Party Wall Business are often commissioned to supply recommendations on the Act and to serve the relevant Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are legally legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a legally binding file in between Building Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has been agreed by the designated surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. Any works to such walls that would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also use to Party Fence Walls.

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