When removing a chimney breast, it is essential to consider if it is a shared structure with your neighbor. If it is, then you need to have a party wall agreement in place to ensure that the work does not cause any damage or affect the stability of the wall or the neighbor’s property. Failure to obtain a party wall agreement can result in your neighbor legally stopping the work or even seeking compensation if any damage occurs during the work.
Advantages of Having a Party Wall Agreement
Avoid disputes and legal issues: A party wall agreement helps avoid disputes and legal issues between neighbors. It sets out clear guidelines for carrying out the work and outlines the responsibilities of each party.
Protects your property: A party wall agreement protects your property from damage caused by the work carried out on the shared structure. It ensures that your neighbor takes responsibility for any damage caused during the work.
Provides clarity: A party wall agreement provides clarity on the ownership and responsibilities of the shared structure, ensuring that both parties understand their rights and obligations.
How to Obtain a Party Wall Agreement?
To obtain a party wall agreement when removing a chimney breast, you need to serve notice to your neighbor(s) regarding the proposed work. The notice should include details of the work, the anticipated start date, and the name of the contractor. The neighbor(s) then have 14 days to respond. If they agree, then you can proceed with the work. If they disagree, then you need to appoint a surveyor to draw up a party wall agreement.
In conclusion, removing a chimney breast can be a significant home improvement project, but it is essential to consider the impact on the shared structure and obtain a party wall agreement if necessary. A party wall agreement can help avoid disputes and legal issues, protect your property, and provide clarity on the ownership and responsibilities of the shared structure. Faulkners, located in Scunthorpe, offers expert guidance and assistance in obtaining a party wall agreement for your chimney breast removal project. Contact us today for professional surveying services and solutions.