A party wall agreement is required when you plan to remove a chimney breast that is shared with a neighboring property. This is because the work can have an impact on the structural integrity of the shared wall. Additionally, removing a chimney breast can also affect the ventilation and fire safety of both properties, which is why a party wall agreement is required to ensure that these issues are addressed.
Advantages of a Party Wall Agreement
Obtaining a party wall agreement can provide a range of benefits for property owners, including:
Clearly outlining the rights and responsibilities of each party
Minimizing the risk of disputes between property owners
Ensuring that the building work is carried out in a safe and legal manner
Protecting the value of the property
The Party Wall Notice
Before undertaking any building work, you must serve a party wall notice to your neighboring property owners. This notice should provide details of the proposed building work and give the neighbors the opportunity to consent to the work or request a party wall agreement. If the neighbors consent to the work, a party wall agreement may not be required. However, if the neighbors request a party wall agreement, you will need to appoint a surveyor to prepare and serve the agreement.
Removing a chimney breast can be a popular home renovation project, but it is important to understand the legal requirements before starting the work. If you plan to remove a chimney breast that is shared with a neighboring property, you will likely need a party wall agreement. At Faulkners, we provide expert guidance and support for property owners who are seeking party wall agreements. Contact us today to learn more about our services.