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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.


Your Neighbour Refuses a Party Wall Agreement? Here's What You Can Do

A party wall agreement is a legal requirement for construction work that involves a shared wall or boundary with your neighbor. But what happens if your neighbor refuses to agree to the party wall agreement? Here’s what you need to know about your options and how Faulkners in Colchester can help.

Understanding Party Wall Agreements

A party wall agreement is a legally binding document that outlines the rights and responsibilities of neighbouring property owners 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.

What to Do if Your Neighbour Refuses a Party Wall Agreement?

If your neighbour in Colchester refuses to agree to a party wall agreement, you have several options:

  1. Negotiate with your neighbor: Try to understand why your neighbor is refusing to agree and negotiate to reach a mutually acceptable agreement. If there are any concerns about the proposed works, it may be possible to make adjustments to the plans to address their concerns.

  2. Appoint an agreed surveyor: If your neighbor doesn’t want to appoint their own surveyor, you can appoint an agreed surveyor to prepare the party wall agreement on behalf of both parties. This surveyor will act impartially and fairly for both parties.

  3. Appoint two separate surveyors: If your neighbor insists on appointing their own surveyor, you’ll need to appoint a separate surveyor to represent your interests. This can be more expensive, as both parties will be responsible for their own surveyor’s fees.

  4. Mediation: Mediation can be a useful tool in resolving disputes between neighbors. A neutral third-party mediator can help facilitate negotiations and help both parties reach an agreement.

Advantages of a Party Wall Agreement

Even if a party wall agreement isn’t legally required in some cases, it’s still a good idea to have one in place. Here are some of the benefits of a party wall agreement:

  • Clarifies the extent of the work to be carried out
  • Defines the responsibilities of each party
  • Protects your property against potential damage during construction
  • Minimizes the risk of disputes and legal complications with your neighbor

How Faulkners Can Help

If you’re experiencing difficulty obtaining a party wall agreement from your neighbour, Faulkners in Colchester can help you navigate the process. We can provide professional advice on your rights and obligations, and we can also mediate negotiations between you and your neighbor to help reach an agreement. Our team of experienced surveyors can also prepare the necessary documentation for a party wall agreement and ensure that all legal requirements are met.


If your neighbour is refusing to agree to a party wall agreement, there are several options available to you. At Faulkners in Colchester, we can provide you with professional guidance and help you navigate the process to ensure a smooth and stress-free construction process. Contact us today to learn more about our party wall surveying services.