- Preparing and serving valid Party Wall Notices
- Acting as the Structure Owners Party Wall Property Surveyor
- Acting as the Adjoining Owners Party Wall Surveyor
- Acting as the Agreed Party Wall Surveyor
- Carrying out and preparing Schedules of Condition
- Preparation and settlement of Party Wall Awards
All our Party Wall Surveyors are professionals and work in accordance with the regulations set down by the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.
The Party Wall Act and so on 1996 is law, failure to adhere to this legislation may result in works being unlawful.
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Party Wall Act
The Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 is an allowing Act, insofar as it gives the owner of a property the legal right to undertake certain works that may otherwise constitute trespass or problem.
It likewise looks for to secure the interests of adjacent owners from any potentially adverse effects that such works might have by enforcing a requirement that all adjoining owners be given prior notice of them.
In addition, the Act offers a necessary disagreement resolution treatment moderated by a statutorily selected property surveyor or surveyors if neighbouring owners have issues about the implementation of any proposal so notified.
Particularly, such notice needs to be served where the owner of a property (known as ‘the structure owner’) means to carry out any building and construction work described in Sections 1, 2 and 6 of the Act. Note that it is just those works that are covered by the Act and the scope is restricted to the following:
- Section 1 uses where it is proposed to set up a new wall at a border that is not already built on.
- Section 2 issues existing party structures, that include party floorings, partitions and walls (that separate structures or parts of buildings), party fence walls (essentially a limit wall between lands in different ownership which is built astride a limit) and, in some circumstances, a neighbour’s independent home.
- Area 6 can apply to excavations approximately 6 m far from a structure or structure on neighbouring land, subject to depth requirements which the Act sets out.
The information that Sees need to provide in respect of works covered the above sections is various in each case. The requirements of Section 1 and Area 6 Notices are set out in those areas however the requirements of a Notification connecting to Section 2 works is set out in Section 3 of the Act. It is very important to keep in mind that the credibility of any notice not providing all the pertinent information or served in the inaccurate way, could be open up to challenge in Court.
There is no basic type of Notification although lots of people use those published by the RICS or versions added to the explanatory booklet released by the Department for Communities and City Government. Provided all the details needed by the appropriate section of the Act is present, an easy letter would be equally legitimate.
Depending on the scenarios of any provided job there might be more than one adjacent owner on whom notice requirements to be served in respect of the very same work and, in the case of deep excavations, an Adjacent Owner may be aside from an immediate neighbour. It is constantly more effective to talk about the designated deal with adjacent owners before serving them with official composed notice – a proposal well discussed might reduce issues sufficient to prevent a conflict arising and avoid the need to select property surveyors.
There are 2 exceptions where the requirement to serve notice might be avoided:
- De minimis works: The federal government’s explanatory brochure says that some deal with a party wall may be so small that service of notification under the Act would be generally considered as not required and give as examples works unlikely to impact the structural strength or support functions of a party structure or trigger damage to the neighbours side of it, such as re-plastering, shallow chasing for electrical circuitry or placing power sockets, and screws to support racks, kitchen cupboards, and so forth.
- Works under Area 2 of the Act provided that composed approval is obtained from all Adjoining Owners and Occupiers before work commences.
The 3 types of Notification are known, respectively as:
- Area 1: Line of Junction Notice
- Section 3 (for S2 works): Party Structure Notice
- Section 6: Notice of Adjacent Excavation
A party structure notification must be served at least 2 months prior to the date on which it is proposed to start that work. The other 2 notifications need to be served a minimum of one month prior to work beginning.
The necessary info which Notices need to contain are as follows:
- Line of Junction Notice:
- A sign of the structure owner’s desire to build a wall.
- A description of the wall.
- Party Structure Notice:
- The name and address of the building owner.
- The nature and details of the proposed work.
- The date on which the proposed work will start.
- Notice of Adjacent Excavation:
- An indicator of the structure owner’s proposals.
- A statement regarding whether or not the structure owner proposes to underpin or otherwise strengthen or safeguard the structures of the building or structure of the adjacent owner.
- Accompanying strategies and sections showing: a) the site and depth of any excavation the structure owner proposes to make; b) if he proposes to put up a building or structure, its website.
Most of the pro-forma notices in use include the following information as a matter of course regardless of the kind of notice:
- The date of the notice.
- The name and addresses of both the building and adjoining owners (and the addresses of the residential or commercial properties being worked on/affected if different).
- A declaration regarding the beginning of works relative to the suitable notice period.
- An advisory note describing what occurs if the recipient actively dissents from the works or fails to respond within 14 days.
Area 10 of the Act specifies that where an adjacent owner does not consent in writing to works informed by the structure owner under Areas 3 and 6, both parties should either agree on the visit of a single surveyor to act for both of them (referred to as the Agreed Surveyor), or each appoint their own surveyor, to determine by award matters in dispute in between the parties.
Where a task is straightforward, this may just include consideration of the time and way in which those works are to be performed. In more complex plans, believed will have to be given to a commensurately greater number of factors and indeed designated property surveyors have the statutory jurisdiction to make an award in regard of any matter gotten in touch with any work to which the act relates.
The same treatment is utilized to deal with any subsequent conflicts between neighbouring owners that might arise in relation to the informed works, consisting of any loss or damage suffered by an adjoining owner as a result of their execution.
Inaction on the part of the adjacent owner does not stop the statutory procedure. A disagreement can develop by an adjoining owner actively dissenting, that is, interacting to the structure owner an objection in regard of some matter arising out of or incidental to the works – the ways of making that objection are trivial, however if he stays silent, neither consenting nor dissenting for a duration of 2 week after having actually been served with a Notice under either Area 3 or Area 6, the Act considers a dissent to have actually arisen in any event.
There is no considered dissent arrangement in Section 1 of the Act. A valid dispute can still occur, and property surveyors be designated in accordance with Section 10, in respect of works alerted under that section however only as concerns real dissent on specific premises. An adjoining owner’s factors for contesting Area 2 and Area 6 works are seldom defined prior to the consultation of property surveyors and in many cases not even then.
Where dissent has actually emerged, whether real or deemed, both owners are lawfully required to designate an agreed surveyor or, if they can not jointly agree on a single person, a property surveyor each and if asked for to make such an appointment by the other party, need to do so within 10 days of the request being served. Failure to comply, instantly gives the owner making the request the statutory authority to designate a surveyor on behalf of the recalcitrant party. This treatment is set out in area 10( 4) of the Act.
Where 2 property surveyors are designated, they are required to agree upon the selection, in writing, of a third surveyor who may be hired by either of the surveyors or either of the celebrations to determine the challenged matters and make the essential award. The 3rd surveyor is never ever selected by anyone however the Act provides the person so selected the exact same statutory powers as the two property surveyors.
Third property surveyors are most typically hired where the two property surveyors have reached a deadlock in their considerations over some specific point and often this can be in respect on the reasonableness of the charges of the surveyor appointed by the adjoining owner. Hardly ever will a 3rd surveyor be asked to prepare an award in respect of the entire works however might join with one or other of the two property surveyors to do so if the requirement arises.
There is no meaning of who can be a property surveyor, however it must not be the same individual that will supervise the works.
The award will set out the works that can be performed, who will pay the charges for the preparation of the award and inspection of the works to ensure that they comply with the works, and who will spend for the works. If the work is solely for the benefit of the structure owner, then they will typically be required to pay the costs and the expense of the works.
If they disagree with the award, celebrations have 14 days to appeal to the county court.
The Act enables access to the adjoining property for the functions of performing the works whether the adjacent owner allows or not, however they must be offered 14 days notification.
NB: The introduction of The Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 (Electronic Communications) Order 2016 implies that from 6 April 2016, notices and other files can be served by electronic communications.
The info that Discovers should offer in regard of works covered the above sections is different in each case. The requirements of Section 1 and Section 6 Notifications are set out in those sections however the requirements of a Notice relating to Section 2 works is set out in Section 3 of the Act. A legitimate dispute can still arise, and surveyors be selected in accordance with Area 10, in respect of works informed under that section however just as relates to actual dissent on specific grounds. An adjoining owner’s factors for challenging Area 2 and Section 6 works are hardly ever specified prior to the visit of surveyors and in many cases not even then.
Where dissent has emerged, whether real or considered, both owners are legally obliged to select an agreed property surveyor or, if they can not collectively agree on a single person, a surveyor each and if requested to make such an appointment by the other party, must do so within 10 days of the request being served.
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