Having a party wall agreement can provide a number of benefits, including:
Clarity: The agreement will set out exactly what work is being carried out, and who is responsible for the cost of the work.
Protection: The agreement will protect you and your neighbour by setting out the legal obligations that both parties have.
Resolution: If any disputes arise during or after the work, the agreement can be used to resolve them.
What to Expect from the Party Wall Agreement Process
If you do need a party wall agreement, the process will involve the following steps:
Notice: You must give your neighbour notice of your intention to carry out work on a party wall.
Response: Your neighbour must respond within 14 days of receiving the notice.
Agreement: If your neighbour agrees to the work, you can proceed without the need for a party wall agreement. If your neighbour dissents, you will need to appoint a surveyor to prepare the agreement.
Surveyor: You and your neighbour will need to appoint a surveyor to prepare the agreement. Alternatively, you can appoint one surveyor to act on behalf of both parties.
Agreement: Once the surveyor has prepared the agreement, you and your neighbour will need to sign it.
Removing a chimney breast is a common renovation project, but it is important to understand the legal requirements surrounding party wall agreements. If you are unsure whether or not you need a party wall agreement, it is always best to seek advice from a qualified and experienced surveyor. Faulkners, located in North Walsham, is a team of RICS regulated surveyors with extensive experience in party wall matters. Contact us today for advice and assistance with your party wall agreement needs.