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The present legislation handling party walls and associated matters is the Party Wall and so on. 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 (consisting of piled structures).

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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 and so on.

In simplified terms, the Party Wall etc. If the Adjacent Owners are pleased that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no trouble or, pose no risk of damage to their home, the Adjoining Owners only need to validate, in composing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. The second stage would only be set off if the Adjoining Owners had any issues relating to the Structure Owners’ proposals or selected to overlook the Notice served by the Structure Owners.
A conflict would then be deemed to have actually emerged and, the structure offered by the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “conflict” having arisen, both the Structure Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Property surveyor to proceed with dealing with the conflict.
Prior to any dispute emerging, Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners do not always need the services of a Party Wall Property Surveyor. The Party Wall Company are often commissioned to supply suggestions on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are legally legitimate.

What is a Party Wall Notification?

Structure Owners preparing to perform 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 affected by the Building Owners proposed works. There is no official design template for a Notification. Nevertheless, sufficient information of the proposed works, legal names of all Owners, and when the proposed works will start are all important to guarantee the credibility of the Notification.
The case of Lehmann vs Herman (1993) shows the importance of serving a valid Notice. Mr and Mrs Lehmann and Mr and Mrs Herman owned adjoining properties. 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 just served the Notification in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann refused to accept the Notice as being valid and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be regarded as Structure Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman ought to also be included on the Notification. The conflict wound up in court and the judge agreed with the Lehmanns that the Notice was void.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a legally binding file in between Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has been agreed by the appointed property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of building work in accordance with the Act. An Award will likewise mention details of: how the works are to be carried out; working times and days; measures required to secure the Adjoining Owners home from damage and unnecessary trouble; and make provisions for making great or the payment of payment ought to harm be caused. A Set up of Condition survey of the Adjoining Owners home, although not a particular requirement of the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996, is customary and forms a recommendation document within the Award. The purpose of an Arrange of Condition survey is to provide a composed and photographic record of the condition of the building prior to any works beginning. The schedule is then referred to ought to any damage emerged during or after completion of the works
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I Currently Have Planning Approval And/ Or Structure Control Approval. Do I Still Need To Follow The Party Wall Act?

If your planned works would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act then yes, you would have to follow the treatments set out within the Act. No Regional Authority authorization or approval would get rid of 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 deemed to be a wall of strong structure that sits astride a border and not being part of a structure. Any works to such walls that would be considered 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 deemed to be a Party Fence Wall, whether astride a limit or not.

If the Adjoining Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no hassle or, posture no danger of damage to their home, the Adjoining Owners just require to verify, in composing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “disagreement” having occurred, both the Building Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to designate a Party Wall Surveyor to continue with fixing the conflict. The Party Wall Business are typically commissioned to supply suggestions on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are legally valid. A Party Wall Award is a legally binding document between Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has been concurred by the appointed surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. Any works to such walls that would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act would likewise use to Party Fence Walls.

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