If you’re planning to remove a chimney breast that is part of a party wall, you may need a party wall agreement. This is because the removal of the chimney breast can affect the structural integrity of the wall, and any work carried out could impact your neighbor’s property.
Advantages of Having a Party Wall Agreement:
Clearly outlines the rights and responsibilities of each party
Helps to prevent disputes between neighbors
Protects both parties from damage to their property
Ensures that the work is carried out safely and to a high standard
How to Obtain a Party Wall Agreement for Chimney Breast Removal:
Notify Your Neighbor – You will need to provide your neighbor with a party wall notice at least two months before you intend to start work on the wall.
Agree on a Surveyor – If your neighbor agrees to the work, you can both appoint a single surveyor to prepare the party wall agreement. Alternatively, you can each appoint your own surveyor.
Prepare the Party Wall Agreement – The surveyor(s) will prepare the party wall agreement, which will set out the rights and obligations of both parties. Once the agreement has been signed, work can begin on the wall.
It’s important to note that if the chimney breast is not part of a party wall, you may not need a party wall agreement. However, it’s still important to seek professional advice from a surveyor to ensure that the work is carried out safely and to a high standard.
In conclusion, removing a chimney breast can be a great way to create more space in your home. However, if the chimney breast is part of a party wall, you may need a party wall agreement to ensure that the work is carried out safely and to a high standard. Faulkners Peterborough can provide you with more information about party wall agreements and can assist you with obtaining a party wall agreement for your property. Contact us today to learn more.