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If you are planning to carry out a loft conversion on your property, one of the legal requirements that you need to consider is the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
This act sets out the procedures to be followed when carrying out work on a party wall or building within close proximity to the property of your neighbor.
What is a party wall?
A party wall is a shared wall between two properties that separates them.
It could also be a wall that stands on the boundary line between two properties.
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 defines a party wall as a wall, fence or other structure that separates two or more properties.
Do I need a party wall agreement for a loft conversion?
If your loft conversion involves any work that affects the party wall, such as removing chimney breasts, cutting into the wall, or installing steel beams, then you will need to serve your neighbor with a party wall notice.
If your neighbor agrees to the proposed work, you can proceed without a party wall agreement. However, if they dissent or do not respond within 14 days, then a party wall agreement will be required.
What is a party wall agreement?
A party wall agreement is a legal document that sets out the rights and obligations of both parties.
It details the proposed work and the procedures to be followed, including the protection of neighboring properties.
The agreement will also include the appointment of a surveyor, who will act as a neutral party and ensure that the work is carried out in accordance with the agreement.
Advantages of having a party wall agreement
- It ensures that the proposed work is carried out in accordance with the law.
- It protects the rights of both parties and ensures that they are not adversely affected by the work.
- It provides a framework for resolving disputes that may arise during or after the work is carried out.
- It helps to prevent delays and disputes that could lead to costly legal action.
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In conclusion, if you are planning to undertake a loft conversion that involves work on a party wall, it is important to follow the procedures set out in the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
This will help to protect the rights of both parties and ensure that the work is carried out in a safe and legal manner.
At Faulkner Surveyors, we provide comprehensive guidance on party wall agreements and loft conversions.
Our team of experienced surveyors can help you navigate the legal requirements and ensure that your project is a success.