The Faulkners Surveyors is an expert Chartered Building 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:

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.

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How The Party Wall etc.

In simplified terms, the Party Wall and so on. If the Adjacent Owners are pleased that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, pose no risk of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners just need to confirm, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. The 2nd phase would just be set off if the Adjacent Owners had any issues relating to the Structure Owners’ proposals or selected to disregard the Notice served by the Building Owners.
A disagreement would then be deemed to have arisen and, the framework offered by the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “dispute” having actually occurred, both the Building Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to select a Party Wall Property surveyor to continue with resolving the conflict.
Prior to any conflict occurring, Building Owners and Adjacent Owners do not always require the services of a Party Wall Surveyor. The Party Wall Business are frequently commissioned to provide recommendations on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are lawfully valid.

What is a Party Wall Notification?

Structure Owners preparing to bring out any of the works defined within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 have a legal responsibility to serve written Notice on any Adjoining Owner who may be impacted by the Building Owners proposed works.
The case of Lehmann vs Herman (1993) shows the importance of serving a legitimate Notice. Mr and Mrs Lehmann and Mr and Mrs Herman owned adjacent properties. Mr Herman wished to fix the Party Fence Wall that divided the two gardens and served a Notice on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. Nevertheless, as Mr Herman only 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 considered Structure Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman ought to likewise be consisted of on the Notification. The dispute ended 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 lawfully binding document between Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has been agreed by the appointed surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure operate in accordance with the Act. An Award will likewise specify details of: how the works are to be carried out; working days and times; measures needed to safeguard the Adjoining Owners property from damage and unneeded trouble; and make provisions for making good or the payment of compensation need to harm be caused. An Arrange of Condition study of the Adjoining Owners residential or commercial property, although not a particular requirement of the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996, is customary and forms a recommendation file within the Award. The purpose of an Arrange of Condition survey is to offer a composed and photographic record of the condition of the building prior to any works beginning. The schedule is then described ought to any damage emerged during or after completion of the works
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I Currently Have Planning Permission And/ Or Building Control Approval. Do I Still Required To Follow The Party Wall Act?

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 is a completely separate piece of statute legislation to the Town and Nation Preparation Act 1990 or the Building Act 1984. If your planned works would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act then yes, you would have to follow the procedures set out within the Act. No Regional Authority approval or approval would remove the legal responsibility to serve a Party Wall Notice 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 building. Any works to such walls that would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also apply to Party Fence Walls. Wood fencing, precast concrete posts with infill panel fencing, etc would not be considered to be a Party Fence Wall, whether astride a boundary or not.

If the Adjoining Owners are pleased that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no hassle or, posture no risk of damage to their home, the Adjoining Owners just require to validate, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “conflict” having actually arisen, both the Structure Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to designate a Party Wall Surveyor to proceed with resolving the disagreement. The Party Wall Business are typically commissioned to provide recommendations on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are lawfully legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a legally binding document between Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has been agreed by the selected property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. Any works to such walls that would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act would likewise apply to Party Fence Walls.

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