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Party Wall (WikiPedia)

Typically, the building contractor lays the wall along a home line dividing 2 terraced residences, so that one half of the wall’s density lies on each side. This kind of wall is generally structural. Party walls can likewise be developed by 2 abutting wall surfaces built at different times.

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How The Party Wall and so on.

In simplistic terms, the Party Wall etc. If the Adjacent Owners are satisfied that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no trouble or, position no risk of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners only require to validate, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. The second phase would just be triggered if the Adjoining Owners had any issues relating to the Structure Owners’ proposals or chose to overlook the Notification served by the Building Owners.
A disagreement would then be deemed to have actually developed and, the framework offered by the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “conflict” having emerged, both the Building Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to select a Party Wall Property surveyor to continue with solving the disagreement.
Prior to any conflict occurring, Building Owners and Adjoining Owners do not always require the services of a Party Wall Property Surveyor. The Party Wall Company are often commissioned to provide recommendations on the Act and to serve the relevant Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are lawfully legitimate.

What is a Party Wall Notice?

Structure Owners preparing to carry out any of the works defined within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 have a legal obligation to serve written Notice on any Adjoining Owner who might be affected by the Building Owners proposed works. There is no official design template for a Notice. Nevertheless, enough detail of the proposed works, legal names of all Owners, and when the proposed works will commence are all vital to guarantee the credibility of the Notification.
The case of Lehmann vs Herman (1993) reveals the importance of serving a valid Notification. Mr and Mrs Lehmann and Mr and Mrs Herman owned adjoining residential or commercial properties. Mr Herman wanted to repair the Party Fence Wall that divided the two gardens and served a Notice on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. As Mr Herman only served the Notice in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann refused to accept the Notice as being valid and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be regarded as Building Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman should also be consisted of on the Notification. The disagreement wound up in court and the judge agreed with the Lehmanns that the Notice was invalid.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a legally binding document in between Building Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has actually been concurred by the designated property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of building work in accordance with the Act. An Award will also specify information of: how the works are to be carried out; working days and times; steps needed to secure the Adjoining Owners property from damage and unneeded hassle; and make provisions for making great or the payment of settlement ought to damage be triggered. A Schedule of Condition study of the Adjoining Owners residential or commercial property, although not a particular requirement of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, is customary and forms a reference file within the Award. The function of an Arrange of Condition survey is to offer a written and photographic record of the condition of the building prior to any works beginning. The schedule is then referred to must any damage come to light throughout or after conclusion of the works
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I Already Have Preparation Approval And/ Or Structure Control Approval. Do I Still Required To Follow The Party Wall Act?

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 is a completely different piece of statute legislation to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 or the Building Act 1984. For that reason, if your prepared works would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act then yes, you would need to follow the treatments set out within the Act. No Regional Authority approval 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 building. Therefore, any works to such walls that would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act would likewise apply to Party Fence Walls. Timber fencing, precast concrete posts with infill panel fencing, etc would not be considered to be a Party Fence Wall, whether astride a border or not.

If the Adjoining Owners are satisfied that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, pose no threat of damage to their residential or commercial property, the Adjoining Owners just require to validate, in composing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “conflict” having occurred, both the Building Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to select a Party Wall Surveyor to continue with dealing with the dispute. The Party Wall Company are frequently commissioned to offer recommendations on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are lawfully legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a legally binding document in between Structure Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has been agreed by the appointed 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 likewise apply to Party Fence Walls.

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