The Faulkners Surveyors is an expert Chartered Building Surveying Practice that operates throughout UK. The Faulkners Surveyors undertakes all elements of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and supplies the following services:

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.

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How The Party Wall and so on.

In simplified terms, the Party Wall etc. If the Adjoining Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no hassle or, position no danger of damage to their residential or commercial property, the Adjoining Owners just require to validate, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. The 2nd stage would only be triggered if the Adjoining Owners had any issues relating to the Structure Owners’ proposals or picked to disregard the Notification served by the Building Owners.
A disagreement would then be considered to have actually developed and, the structure provided by the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 allows a resolution so that the Structure Owners might undertake works whilst supplying defense to both parties. At the point of a “conflict” having actually developed, both the Structure Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to proceed with fixing the disagreement. This could be by means of separate property surveyor visits or, by agreeing to a single property surveyor, called the Agreed Property surveyor.
Prior to any conflict emerging, Building Owners and Adjoining Owners do not always need the services of a Party Wall Surveyor. The Party Wall Business are often commissioned to offer guidance on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are legally legitimate.

What is a Party Wall Notification?

Structure Owners planning to bring out 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 might be affected by the Structure Owners proposed works.
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 legitimate and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be regarded as Building Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman need 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 Building Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has been concurred by the appointed surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. An Arrange of Condition study of the Adjoining Owners residential or commercial property, although not a specific requirement of the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996, is customary and forms a referral file within the Award.

I Already Have Preparation Authorization And/ Or Structure 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 Planning Act 1990 or the Building Act 1984. 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 approval or approval would eliminate the legal responsibility 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 considered to be a wall of strong structure that sits astride a boundary and not belonging to a building. Any works to such walls that would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also use to Party Fence Walls. Timber 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 pleased that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, pose no threat of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners only require to confirm, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “conflict” having developed, both the Building Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to select a Party Wall Property surveyor to continue with dealing with the dispute. The Party Wall Company are frequently commissioned to offer suggestions on the Act and to serve the appropriate Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are legally legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding file in between Building Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has been agreed by the selected 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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