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The existing legislation dealing with party walls and associated matters is the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, which governs the rights and responsibilities of those proposing work to party walls/structures, and/or underpinning thereof, nearby excavations and/or foundations (including piled structures).
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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.
How The Party Wall etc.
Act 1996 Works In simple terms, the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 can be split into two phases; first of all the Notifying Phase and second of all, if required, the Disputed Stage. The first stage is where the Structure Owners have a legal responsibility to serve an official Notification detailing the proposed works upon the Adjoining Owners. If the Adjacent Owners are pleased that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no trouble or, present no hazard of damage to their residential or commercial property, the Adjoining Owners only require to validate, in writing, that they grant the works and the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 could end there. The second stage would just be triggered if the Adjacent Owners had any concerns connecting to the Building Owners’ propositions or picked to disregard the Notification served by the Building Owners.
A conflict would then be deemed to have occurred and, the structure provided by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 makes it possible for a resolution so that the Building Owners could undertake works whilst offering defense to both celebrations. At the point of a “dispute” having arisen, both the Building Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to select a Party Wall Property surveyor to proceed with dealing with the conflict. This could be through separate surveyor consultations or, by consenting to a single property surveyor, called the Agreed Surveyor.
Prior to any conflict emerging, Building Owners and Adjoining Owners do not necessarily need the services of a Party Wall Property Surveyor. The Party Wall Company are typically commissioned to provide suggestions on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are lawfully legitimate.
What is a Party Wall Notice?
Building Owners preparing to carry out any of the works defined within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 have a legal commitment to serve written Notification on any Adjacent Owner who may be affected by the Structure Owners proposed works.
Mr Herman wanted to fix the Party Fence Wall that divided the two gardens and served a Notice on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. As Mr Herman only served the Notification in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann declined to accept the Notification as being legitimate and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be related to as Building Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman must also be consisted of on the Notice.
What is a Party Wall Award?
A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding file between Structure Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has been concurred by the designated surveyor( s), authorising the execution of building operate in accordance with the Act. An Award will also state details of: how the works are to be undertaken; working days and times; procedures required to protect the Adjoining Owners property from damage and unneeded trouble; and make provisions for making good or the payment of settlement need to damage 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 document within the Award. The purpose of a Set up of Condition survey is to offer a written and photographic record of the condition of the structure prior to any works beginning. The schedule is then referred to needs to any damage emerged during or after completion of the works
I Already Have Planning Consent And/ Or Building 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 Regional Authority authorization or approval would remove the legal responsibility to serve a Party Wall Notice 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 solid structure that sits astride a boundary and not being part of a structure. Any works to such walls that would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act would likewise apply to Party Fence Walls. Lumber fencing, precast concrete posts with infill panel fencing, etc would not be deemed to be a Party Fence Wall, whether astride a border or not.
If the Adjacent Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no trouble or, pose no hazard of damage to their home, the Adjoining Owners just need to confirm, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “conflict” having emerged, both the Structure Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to select a Party Wall Surveyor to continue with resolving the disagreement. The Party Wall Business are typically commissioned to supply suggestions on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are lawfully legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding document in between Structure Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has actually been concurred by the designated property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. Any works to such walls that would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also apply to Party Fence Walls.
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