PARTY WALL SURVEYORS

Faulkners Surveyors is an independent firm of structure property surveyors that specialise in the

Party Wall etc. Act 1996 acting for Building Owners, Adjacent Owners and as the Agreed Surveyor throughout London and the House Counties.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (occasionally parti-wall or parting wall, also known as common wall or as a demising wall) is a dividing partition between two adjoining buildings that is shared by the occupants of each residence or business. Typically, the builder lays the wall along a property line dividing two terraced houses, so that one half of the wall’s thickness lies on each side. This type of wall is usually structural. Party walls can also be formed by two abutting walls built at different times. The term can be also used to describe a division between separate units within a multi-unit apartment complex. Very often the wall in this case is non-structural but designed to meet established criteria for sound and/or fire protection, i.e. a firewall.

Party Wall act

How The Party Wall and so on.

In simple terms, the Party Wall and so on. If the Adjoining Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no hassle or, posture no risk of damage to their home, the Adjoining Owners only require to validate, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. The 2nd phase would only be set off if the Adjoining Owners had any issues relating to the Structure Owners’ proposals or chose to disregard the Notice served by the Structure Owners.
A dispute would then be deemed to have actually occurred and, the framework offered by the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “disagreement” having emerged, both the Structure Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to designate a Party Wall Surveyor to proceed with fixing the disagreement.
Party Wall Surveyors are responsibility bound to administer the Act impartially as they are, in essence, agents of the Court. Prior to any conflict occurring, Structure Owners and Adjacent Owners do not necessarily need the services of a Party Wall Surveyor. The Party Wall Company are typically commissioned to offer suggestions on the Act and to serve the appropriate Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are legally valid. As soon as selected, the Surveyors will think about the proposed works and agree a Party Wall Award which would detail the structure works and how they must be carried out. The rights approved within the Party Wall Award undergo the Building Owners making good any damage or, the payment of damages in lieu of making great.

What is a Party Wall Notice?

Structure Owners preparing to perform any of the works defined within the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 have a legal obligation to serve written Notification on any Adjacent Owner who may be impacted by the Building Owners proposed works. There is no main design template for a Notification. Sufficient detail of the proposed works, legal names of all Owners, and when the proposed works will commence are all crucial to guarantee the credibility of the Notice.
Mr Herman desired to repair the Party Fence Wall that divided the two gardens and served a Notification on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. As Mr Herman just served the Notice in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann declined to accept the Notice as being legitimate and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be related to as Structure Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman ought to likewise be consisted of on the Notification.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding document in between Structure Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has actually been agreed by the designated property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. An Award will likewise specify details of: how the works are to be carried out; working times and days; procedures required to protect the Adjoining Owners property from damage and unnecessary inconvenience; and make provisions for making good or the payment of payment ought to harm be triggered. An Arrange of Condition study of the Adjoining Owners residential or commercial property, although not a particular requirement of the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996, is customary and forms a reference file within the Award. The purpose of a Schedule of Condition study is to provide a composed and photographic record of the condition of the structure prior to any works starting. The schedule is then referred to needs to any damage emerged throughout or after completion of the works
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I Already Have Preparation Permission And/ Or Structure Control Approval. Do I Still Need To Follow The Party Wall Act?

If your planned works would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act then yes, you would have to follow the procedures set out within the Act. No Local Authority authorization or approval would get rid of the legal obligation to serve a Party Wall Notification upon your neighbour( s).

Does The Party Wall Act Cover Garden Fences?

The Act does cover “Party Fence Walls” which are deemed to be a wall of strong structure that sits astride a limit and not belonging to a structure. For that reason, any works to such walls that would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act would likewise apply to Party Fence Walls. Wood fencing, precast concrete posts with infill panel fencing, etc would not be deemed to be a Party Fence Wall, whether astride a limit or not.

If the Adjoining Owners are satisfied that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, posture no danger of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners just need to verify, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “dispute” having emerged, both the Building Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to designate a Party Wall Surveyor to continue with dealing with the conflict. The Party Wall Company are frequently commissioned to offer guidance on the Act and to serve the appropriate Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are legally legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding document in between Structure Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has been agreed by the appointed surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. Any works to such walls that would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also use to Party Fence Walls.

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