If you’re planning to undertake construction work on a shared boundary with your neighbour, you might need a party wall agreement.
It’s a legal document that outlines the responsibilities and rights of both parties involved in the construction process.
A party wall agreement is a legal document between two or more neighbours that outlines their rights and obligations concerning a shared wall or boundary. It covers work on or near the wall, including construction, repair, and maintenance, as well as any damage that may occur during the works.
A party wall agreement is necessary if you plan to undertake any of the following:
Having a party wall agreement in place has several benefits, including:
How to Get a Party Wall Agreement
If you require a party wall agreement, you should follow these steps:
Serving notice to your neighbor: The first step is to provide your neighbor with written notice, which should include details of the proposed works and their estimated start date. You must also provide plans and drawings of the works.
Responding to the notice: After receiving the notice, your neighbor has 14 days to respond. If they agree to the works, you can move forward with the party wall agreement. If not, you’ll need to appoint a surveyor to prepare the agreement.
Appointing a surveyor: If you and your neighbor can’t agree on the party wall agreement, you’ll need to appoint a surveyor. Your neighbor will also need to appoint a surveyor, and the two surveyors will collaborate to prepare the agreement.
A party wall agreement is essential if you’re planning any work that affects a shared wall or boundary. Faulkners in Birmingham can help you navigate the process and ensure that all parties involved are protected. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our surveying services and how we can help you get a party wall agreement in place.