Faulkners Surveyors As certified and experienced Party Wall Surveyors we specialise in all Party Wall matters.
We cover every element required to advise upon and solve Party Wall issues, such as:

  • Preparing and serving legitimate Party Wall Notices
  • Acting as the Building Owners Party Wall Property Surveyor
  • Acting as the Adjoining Owners Party Wall Property Surveyor
  • Acting as the Agreed Party Wall Property Surveyor
  • Carrying out and preparing Schedules of Condition
  • Preparation and negotiation of Party Wall Awards

All our Party Wall Surveyors are professionals and work in accordance with the guidelines set down by the Professors of Party Wall Surveyors.

The Party Wall Act etc. 1996 is law, failure to comply with this legislation might result in works being unlawful.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (occasionally parti-wall or parting wall, also referred to as common wall or as a demising wall surface) is a separating dividers in between 2 adjoining buildings that is shared by the residents of each house or service. Usually, the building contractor lays the wall surface along a property line separating 2 terraced houses, so that one fifty percent of the wall surface’s density rests on each side. This kind of wall is usually architectural. Party wall surfaces can likewise be developed by two abutting walls built at different times. The term can be likewise utilized to explain a department between separate systems within a multi-unit apartment building. Really commonly the wall in this situation is non-structural but developed to meet established standards for sound and/or fire defense, i.e. a firewall software.

Party Wall act

How The Party Wall etc.

Act 1996 Functions In simplified terms, the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 can be split into 2 stages; firstly the Notifying Phase and secondly, if required, the Disputed Stage. The first stage is where the Building Owners have a legal commitment to serve a formal Notice detailing the proposed works upon the Adjacent Owners. If the Adjoining Owners are satisfied that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no hassle or, posture no hazard of damage to their home, the Adjoining Owners only need to verify, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 could end there. The second phase would just be set off if the Adjacent Owners had any issues relating to the Building Owners’ propositions or chose to overlook the Notification served by the Building Owners.
A disagreement would then be deemed to have actually occurred and, the structure supplied by the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “disagreement” having actually occurred, both the Structure Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to continue with fixing the dispute.
Party Wall Surveyors are duty bound to administer the Act impartially as they are, in essence, agents of the Court. Prior to any conflict arising, Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners do not always need the services of a Party Wall Surveyor. The Party Wall Company are often commissioned to supply advice on the Act and to serve the appropriate Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are lawfully valid. When appointed, the Surveyors will consider the proposed works and agree a Party Wall Award which would detail the building works and how they must be carried out. The rights approved within the Party Wall Award undergo the Structure Owners making good any damage or, the payment of damages in lieu of making great.

What is a Party Wall Notification?

Building Owners preparing to carry out any of the works specified within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 have a legal obligation to serve written Notification on any Adjacent Owner who may be impacted by the Building Owners proposed works.
The case of Lehmann vs Herman (1993) reveals the importance of serving a legitimate 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 Notification on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. Nevertheless, as Mr Herman only served the Notice in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann contradicted the Notice as being valid and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be considered as Building Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman must likewise be consisted of on the Notice. The dispute wound up in court and the judge agreed with the Lehmanns that the Notification was void.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding document between Building Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has been concurred by the appointed property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. A Set up of Condition study of the Adjoining Owners home, although not a particular requirement of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, is popular and forms a reference file within the Award.

I Currently Have Planning Consent And/ Or Building Control Approval. Do I Still Need To Follow The Party Wall Act?

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 is an absolutely separate piece of statute legislation to the Town and Country Preparation Act 1990 or the Building Act 1984. For that reason, if your planned works would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act then yes, you would need to follow the procedures set out within the Act. No Regional Authority approval 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 considered to be a wall of strong structure that sits astride a border and not becoming part of a structure. Any works to such walls that would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also 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 border or not.

If the Adjoining Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no hassle or, present no risk of damage to their home, the Adjoining Owners just need to validate, in composing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “dispute” having actually occurred, both the Structure Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to select a Party Wall Property surveyor to continue with fixing the conflict. The Party Wall Business are typically commissioned to offer guidance on the Act and to serve the relevant Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are lawfully valid. A Party Wall Award is a legally binding document in between Structure Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has been agreed 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 likewise use to Party Fence Walls.

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