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The existing legislation handling party walls and associated matters is the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, which governs the rights and commitments of those proposing work to party walls/structures, and/or underpinning thereof, adjacent excavations and/or structures (including stacked foundations).

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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 etc.

Act 1996 Works In simplified terms, the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 can be divided into 2 stages; to start with the Notifying Stage and second of all, if required, the Disputed Phase. 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 Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, position no hazard of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners just require to verify, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 might end there. The 2nd phase would just be triggered if the Adjacent Owners had any concerns relating to the Building Owners’ proposals or picked to ignore the Notification served by the Building Owners.
A disagreement would then be deemed to have actually emerged and, the structure supplied by the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “disagreement” having actually occurred, both the Building Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Property surveyor to proceed with fixing the disagreement.
Party Wall Surveyors are duty bound to administer the Act impartially as they are, in essence, representatives of the Court. Prior to any dispute arising, Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners do not necessarily require the services of a Party Wall Surveyor. However, The Party Wall Business are typically commissioned to supply advice on the Act and to serve the relevant Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are lawfully valid. As soon as appointed, the Surveyors will think about 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 Building Owners making great any damage or, the payment of damages in lieu of making great.

What is a Party Wall Notification?

Structure Owners preparing to carry out any of the works specified within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 have a legal commitment to serve written Notice on any Adjacent Owner who might be impacted by the Building Owners proposed works.
Mr Herman desired to repair the Party Fence Wall that divided the two gardens and served a Notification on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. As Mr Herman only served the Notice in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann declined to accept the Notification as being valid and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be regarded as Building Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman ought to also be included on the Notification.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding document between Building Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has been agreed by the designated surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure operate in accordance with the Act. An Award will also mention information of: how the works are to be carried out; working days and times; procedures required to secure the Adjoining Owners property from damage and unneeded inconvenience; and make provisions for making good or the payment of compensation need to damage be triggered. 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 traditional and forms a referral file within the Award. The function of an Arrange of Condition survey is to supply a composed and photographic record of the condition of the structure prior to any works commencing. The schedule is then referred to needs to any damage come to light throughout or after conclusion of the works
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I Currently Have Planning Permission And/ Or Building Control Approval. Do I Still Required To Follow The Party Wall Act?

If your planned works would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act then yes, you would have to follow the treatments set out within the Act. No Local Authority authorization or approval would remove 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 solid structure that sits astride a boundary and not becoming part of a building. Any works to such walls that would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also apply to Party Fence Walls. Lumber fencing, precast concrete posts with infill panel fencing, etc would not be considered to be a Party Fence Wall, whether astride a limit or not.

If the Adjacent Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no trouble or, posture no danger of damage to their home, the Adjoining Owners just need to validate, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “conflict” having actually occurred, both the Structure Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to designate a Party Wall Property surveyor to continue with dealing with the conflict. The Party Wall Company are frequently commissioned to offer guidance on the Act and to serve the relevant Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are lawfully legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding document in between Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has actually been concurred by the selected property 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 also use to Party Fence Walls.

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