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

  • Preparing and serving legitimate Party Wall Notices
  • Acting as the Building Owners Party Wall 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 operate in accordance with the policies 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 might lead to works being illegal.

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.

Party Wall act

How The Party Wall and so on.

In simplified terms, the Party Wall etc. If the Adjacent Owners are satisfied that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, posture no risk of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners just need to verify, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. The second stage would only be set off if the Adjacent Owners had any concerns relating to the Structure Owners’ propositions or selected to ignore the Notice served by the Building Owners.
A conflict would then be considered to have actually emerged and, the structure supplied by the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “disagreement” having arisen, both the Structure Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Property surveyor to proceed with fixing the dispute.
Party Wall Surveyors are task bound to administer the Act impartially as they are, in essence, agents of the Court. Prior to any conflict occurring, Building Owners and Adjacent Owners do not always need the services of a Party Wall Surveyor. Nevertheless, The Party Wall Company are frequently commissioned to provide advice on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are lawfully legitimate. As soon as designated, the Surveyors will think about the proposed works and agree a Party Wall Award which would information the building works and how they must be carried out. The rights given 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 Notice?

Structure Owners preparing 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 Adjoining Owner who may be impacted by the Structure Owners proposed works.
Mr Herman desired to fix the Party Fence Wall that divided the 2 gardens and served a Notice on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. As Mr Herman just 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 also be consisted of on the Notice.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a legally binding file between Structure Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has actually been agreed by the designated property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. A Schedule of Condition survey of the Adjoining Owners property, although not a specific requirement of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, is traditional and forms a reference file within the Award.

I Currently Have Preparation Consent 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. Therefore, if your planned works would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act then yes, you would need to follow the treatments set out within the Act. No Local Authority consent or approval would remove 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 considered to be a wall of strong structure that sits astride a boundary and not being part of a structure. 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 boundary or not.

If the Adjacent Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, posture no danger of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners just need to verify, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “conflict” having actually emerged, both the Building Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to designate a Party Wall Property surveyor to proceed with solving the dispute. The Party Wall Company are typically commissioned to offer guidance 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 between Structure Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has actually been concurred by the designated surveyor( s), authorising the execution of building 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.

Related Articles

Around the Web