Faulkners Surveyors (Party Wall) was established in 2010 and has grown rapidly over the past years as a professional firm supplying professional and dedicated services. Our team are devoted to offering a quality service for transparent and sensible expenses.

Our aim is to make the process as simplistic and smooth as possible by taking all matters forward progressive and in line with the Act. We aim to keep all celebrations up to date with the procedure and provide guarantee and convenience in the knowledge that certified professionals in Party Wall Matters have actually been appointed. The assurance that our surveyors are members of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors which the firm is an acknowledged RICS company supplies a network of security and benefiting factors of the assistance and support of governing bodies.

The director of Faulkners Surveyors (Party Wall) is likewise a chair for the Northern Home Counties location of the Faculty of Faulkners Surveyors (Party Wall) whom supplies regular fulfills to make sure all regional property surveyors have access to continuous support and training. This ensures that we are up to date with recent and relevant case Law as well as general practices and working policies.

Faulkners Surveyors (Party Wall) is therefore not only identified for its professional team and cost effective services by customers but 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 etc.

In simple terms, the Party Wall and so on. If the Adjoining Owners are pleased that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, position no danger of damage to their home, the Adjoining Owners just require to verify, in composing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. The 2nd phase would only be activated if the Adjacent Owners had any concerns relating to the Structure Owners’ proposals or picked to ignore the Notice served by the Structure Owners.
A dispute would then be considered to have actually occurred and, the structure supplied by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 makes it possible for a resolution so that the Building Owners might undertake works whilst offering security to both parties. At the point of a “conflict” having actually emerged, both the Building Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to designate a Party Wall Surveyor to proceed with solving the conflict. This could be via different surveyor consultations or, by accepting a single surveyor, called the Agreed Property surveyor.
Prior to any dispute arising, Building Owners and Adjacent Owners do not necessarily require the services of a Party Wall Surveyor. The Party Wall Company are often commissioned to supply advice on the Act and to serve the relevant Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are legally legitimate.

What is a Party Wall Notification?

Building Owners preparing to carry out any of the works specified within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 have a legal commitment to serve written Notice on any Adjoining Owner who may be affected by the Structure Owners proposed works. There is no main design template for a Notification. Adequate information of the proposed works, legal names of all Owners, and when the proposed works will start are all crucial to ensure the credibility of the Notice.
The case of Lehmann vs Herman (1993) reveals the importance of serving a legitimate Notice. Mr and Mrs Lehmann and Mr and Mrs Herman owned adjoining homes. Mr Herman wished to fix the Party Fence Wall that divided the two gardens and served a Notice on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. As Mr Herman only served the Notification in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann refused to accept the Notice as being legitimate and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be regarded as Building Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman should also be included on the Notification. The conflict ended up in court and the judge agreed with the Lehmanns that the Notice was invalid.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a legally binding document in between Building Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has actually been concurred by the appointed 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 particular requirement of the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996, is customary and forms a recommendation file within the Award.

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

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 is an absolutely separate piece of statute legislation to the Town and Nation Preparation Act 1990 or the Structure Act 1984. If your prepared works would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act then yes, you would have to follow the procedures set out within the Act. No Local Authority permission or approval would get rid of the legal commitment 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 considered 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 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 deemed to be a Party Fence Wall, whether astride a border or not.

If the Adjacent Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no trouble or, posture no threat of damage to their residential or commercial property, the Adjoining Owners only need to verify, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “conflict” having occurred, both the Structure Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to select a Party Wall Property surveyor to proceed with fixing the conflict. The Party Wall Company are often commissioned to offer advice on the Act and to serve the relevant Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are lawfully legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding document between Building Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has actually been agreed 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 considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also use to Party Fence Walls.

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