The Faulkners Surveyors is an expert Chartered Structure Surveying Practice that operates throughout UK. The Faulkners Surveyors undertakes all aspects of the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 and supplies the following services:
Objective recommendations on all Party Wall Matters
Preparation and service of legitimate Party Wall Notices
Acting as Party Wall Property Surveyor for either Adjacent Owners or Building Owners
Acting as the Agreed Party Wall Surveyor
Undertaking Schedules of Condition surveys
Preparation and negotiation of Party Wall Awards (Contracts).
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Party Wall Act
The Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 is an enabling Act, insofar as it grants the owner of a residential or commercial property the legal right to undertake particular works that may otherwise make up trespass or nuisance.
However, it also looks for to secure the interests of adjacent owners from any possibly adverse results that such works may have by imposing a requirement that all adjoining owners be given prior notification of them.
In addition, the Act attends to an obligatory conflict resolution treatment mediated by a statutorily selected surveyor or property surveyors if neighbouring owners have issues about the application of any proposal so alerted.
Specifically, such notice needs to be served where the owner of a residential or commercial property (called ‘the building owner’) intends to undertake any building and construction work described in Sections 1, 2 and 6 of the Act. Note that it is just those works that are covered by the Act and the scope is restricted to the following:
- Section 1 uses where it is proposed to set up a new wall at a limit that is not currently built on.
- Section 2 issues existing party structures, which include party floors, partitions and walls (that separate buildings or parts of structures), party fence walls (essentially a limit wall between lands in separate ownership which is developed astride a boundary) and, in some instances, a neighbour’s independent property.
- Area 6 can apply to excavations as much as 6 m far from a building or structure on neighbouring land, subject to depth requirements which the Act sets out.
The info that Notices should supply in respect of works covered the above areas is different in each case. The requirements of Section 1 and Section 6 Notices are set out in those sections but the requirements of a Notification relating to Section 2 works is set out in Area 3 of the Act. It is necessary to keep in mind that the validity of any notification not supplying all the appropriate info or served in the inaccurate manner, could be open to challenge in Court.
There is no standard form of Notification although many people use those published by the RICS or versions appended to the explanatory booklet provided by the Department for Communities and City Government. Offered all the information needed by the relevant area of the Act is present, a simple letter would be similarly valid.
Depending on the circumstances of any given project there may be more than one adjoining owner on whom observe needs to be served in respect of the same work and, in the case of deep excavations, an Adjacent Owner might be other than an instant neighbour. It is constantly preferable to discuss the designated deal with adjoining owners prior to serving them with formal written notification – a proposition well discussed might reduce issues sufficient to prevent a conflict arising and prevent the requirement to designate property surveyors.
There are two exceptions where the need to serve notice may be avoided:
- De minimis works: The government’s explanatory brochure says that some deal with a party wall might be so small that service of notification under the Act would be normally considered not essential and give as examples works unlikely to affect the structural strength or assistance functions of a party structure or cause damage to the neighbours side of it, such as re-plastering, shallow chasing for electrical circuitry or placing power sockets, and screws to support shelves, kitchen area cabinets, and so on.
- Works under Area 2 of the Act supplied that written approval is obtained from all Adjoining Owners and Occupiers prior to work commences.
The 3 kinds of Notification are understood, respectively as:
- Area 1: Line of Junction Notification
- Section 3 (for S2 works): Party Structure Notification
- Section 6: Notice of Adjacent Excavation
A party structure notice need to be served at least two months prior to the date on which it is proposed to begin that work. The other two notifications must be served at least one month prior to work starting.
The compulsory info which Sees must include are as follows:
- Line of Junction Notification:
- An indication of the building owner’s desire to build a wall.
- A description of the wall.
- Party Structure Notification:
- The name and address of the building owner.
- The nature and particulars of the proposed work.
- The date on which the proposed work will start.
- Notice of Adjacent Excavation:
- An indication of the structure owner’s proposals.
- A statement regarding whether the building owner proposes to underpin or otherwise reinforce or safeguard the foundations of the structure or structure of the adjacent owner.
- Accompanying plans and areas revealing: a) the site and depth of any excavation the structure owner proposes to make; b) if he proposes to set up a structure or structure, its site.
Most of the pro-forma notifications in use consist of the following details as a matter of course despite the kind of notice:
- The date of the notification.
- If various), the name and addresses of both the structure and adjacent owners (and the addresses of the homes being worked on/affected.
- A statement regarding the commencement of works relative to the proper notice duration.
- An advisory note explaining what occurs if the recipient actively dissents from the works or fails to respond within 2 week.
Area 10 of the Act specifies that where an adjacent owner does not authorization in writing to works alerted by the structure owner under Areas 3 and 6, both parties must either agree on the consultation of a single property surveyor to act for both of them (referred to as the Agreed Surveyor), or each appoint their own property surveyor, to determine by award matters in dispute between the parties.
Where a task is straightforward, this might only involve factor to consider of the time and manner in which those works are to be carried out. In more complex plans, believed will have to be given to a commensurately greater number of aspects and certainly designated surveyors have the statutory jurisdiction to make an award in respect of any matter gotten in touch with any work to which the act relates.
The exact same treatment is used to fix any subsequent disagreements between neighbouring owners that may emerge in relation to the notified works, including any loss or damage suffered by an adjacent owner as a result of their execution.
Inactiveness on the part of the adjacent owner does not stop the statutory process. A disagreement can occur by an adjacent owner actively dissenting, that is, interacting to the building owner an objection in regard of some matter arising out of or incidental to the works – the methods of making that objection are trivial, however if he stays quiet, neither consenting nor dissenting for a period of 14 days after having been served with a Notification under either Section 3 or Area 6, the Act considers a dissent to have developed in any event.
There is no considered dissent provision in Section 1 of the Act. A valid conflict can still arise, and surveyors be appointed in accordance with Section 10, in respect of works informed under that section however just as relates to actual dissent on particular grounds. An adjacent owner’s factors for contesting Area 2 and Section 6 works are hardly ever specified prior to the consultation of property surveyors and in a lot of cases not even then.
Where dissent has emerged, whether actual or deemed, both owners are legally obliged to appoint an agreed surveyor or, if they can not jointly settle on a single person, a surveyor each and if asked for to make such an appointment by the other party, need to do so within 10 days of the request being served. Failure to comply, instantly gives the owner making the request the statutory authority to appoint a surveyor on behalf of the recalcitrant party. This treatment is set out in section 10( 4) of the Act.
Where 2 property surveyors are selected, they are required to agree upon the choice, in composing, of a third surveyor who may be called upon by either of the property surveyors or either of the celebrations to identify the disputed matters and make the essential award. The third property surveyor is never ever appointed by anybody however the Act gives the individual so chose the very same statutory powers as the two surveyors.
3rd property surveyors are most commonly hired where the two property surveyors have reached an impasse in their deliberations over some particular point and typically this can be in regard on the reasonableness of the costs of the property surveyor designated by the adjoining owner. Hardly ever will a third surveyor be asked to draw up an award in regard of the whole works but may join with one or other of the two property surveyors to do so if the need arises.
There is no meaning of who can be a surveyor, however it ought to not be the same person that will supervise the works.
The award will set out the works that can be performed, who will pay the fees for the preparation of the award and evaluation of the works to make sure that they adhere to the works, and who will pay for the works. If the work is exclusively for the benefit of the structure owner, then they will normally be needed to pay the charges and the cost of the works.
Celebrations have 2 week to appeal to the county court if they disagree with the award.
The Act enables access to the adjoining home for the functions of performing the works whether the adjoining owner gives permission or not, however they should be provided 14 days notice.
NB: The introduction of The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 (Electronic Communications) Order 2016 means that from 6 April 2016, notices and other documents can be served by electronic interactions.
The information that Sees should provide in respect of works covered the above areas is different in each case. The requirements of Area 1 and Section 6 Notices are set out in those areas but the requirements of a Notification relating to Area 2 works is set out in Section 3 of the Act. A legitimate disagreement can still emerge, and surveyors be selected in accordance with Section 10, in regard of works informed under that section but just as concerns actual dissent on particular grounds. An adjoining owner’s factors for contesting Section 2 and Area 6 works are seldom defined prior to the appointment of surveyors and in numerous cases not even then.
Where dissent has actually emerged, whether actual or deemed, both owners are legally obliged to designate an agreed surveyor or, if they can not collectively concur on a single person, a property surveyor each and if asked for to make such a visit by the other party, need to do so within 10 days of the request being served.
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