You may need a party wall agreement if you are planning on carrying out any of the following types of work:
Building a new wall on the boundary between two properties
Removing or altering an existing party wall or structure
Excavating within three or six meters of a neighbouring property, depending on the depth of the excavation
If you need a party wall agreement, you must serve your neighbour with a written notice. The notice should include details of the work you plan to carry out, when it will start, and how long it is likely to take. You must also provide a statement explaining your neighbour’s rights under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
Your neighbour then has 14 days to respond to the notice. If they agree to the work, you can proceed without the need for a party wall agreement. However, if they dissent or do not respond, you will need to appoint a party wall surveyor to prepare a party wall agreement.
What Does a Party Wall Agreement Cover?
A party wall agreement typically covers:
Details of the proposed work and the impact it will have on the shared structure
A schedule of condition of the affected properties
Arrangements for access and working hours
Provisions for the making good of any damage caused by the work
Arrangements for resolving any disputes that may arise
Benefits of Having a Party Wall Agreement
Entering into a party wall agreement has several benefits, including:
Avoiding disputes with your neighbours
Setting out clear responsibilities for each party
Properly addressing any damage caused by the work
Protection from potential legal action by your neighbour
If you’re planning on carrying out building work that involves a shared wall or structure, it’s essential to consider whether you need a party wall agreement. This legally binding agreement can help ensure that the work is carried out safely and legally, while also protecting your interests and avoiding disputes with your neighbours. At Faulkners Surveyors in Boston, we have extensive experience in party wall matters and can provide expert advice and assistance. Contact us today to find out more.