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If you’re planning to carry out work on a property, such as building an extension or making structural alterations, and it involves a party wall, you may need to consider obtaining a party wall agreement. A party wall agreement is a legal document that sets out the rights and responsibilities of property owners who share a boundary or party wall.

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DO YOU NEED A PARTY WALL AGREEMENT IN stoke on trent?

In Stoke on Trent, Faulkners can provide expert advice on party wall agreements and ensure that your building works comply with the law.

What is a Party Wall Agreement?

A party wall is a wall that is shared by two or more separate properties. It can also refer to walls that separate different parts of the same property, such as between a house and a garage. A party wall can be a structural wall, or it can be a wall that stands on the boundary line between two properties.

Do You Need a Party Wall Agreement?

If you’re planning to carry out any work that affects a party wall, such as making repairs, removing chimney breasts, or building an extension, you will need to serve a party wall notice on your neighbours. This is a legal requirement under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, and it is designed to protect the rights of all property owners involved. Your neighbours then have the option to either agree to the work, or to appoint their own surveyor to protect their interests.

What does a party wall agreement involve?

A party wall agreement sets out the rights and responsibilities of both parties involved, and it usually covers the following:
  • The work that will be carried out
  • The expected start and end dates of the work
  • The party responsible for the costs of the work
  • How the work will be carried out
  • How the adjoining property will be protected
  • The condition of the party wall before and after the work
  • How disputes will be resolved

What are the advantages of obtaining a party wall agreement?

Obtaining a party wall agreement can provide a range of benefits, such as:
  • Reducing the risk of disputes between neighbours
  • Ensuring that all parties involved are aware of their rights and responsibilities
  • Providing a clear plan for how the work will be carried out
  • Reducing the risk of damage to the adjoining property
  • Ensuring that the work is carried out in compliance with the law

Conclusion

Obtaining a party wall agreement is an important step in ensuring that your building works comply with the law and that your neighbours’ rights are protected. At Faulkners in Stoke on Trent, our expert surveyors can provide advice on party wall agreements and ensure that your building works proceed smoothly. Contact us today to find out more.