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A Party Wall in Exeter is a dividing partition between 2 residential or commercial properties, the owners of which have shared responsibility for the wall. Our Party Wall Surveyors in Exeter are qualified to advise you on a variety of Party Wall concerns you may be experiencing regarding your residential or commercial property.

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What is the Party Wall Exeter Act?

By Claire Lloyd June 23, 2020

You’ll need to be clued up on the Party Wall Act if you’re planning building work that will affect a shared wall between you and your neighbours

If you’re seeking to perform structure work on a terraced or semi-detached house or flat, then it is likely you will have a shared wall with a neighbouring residential or commercial property.

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The Party Wall Act prevents building work undertaken by one neighbour weakening the structural stability of neighbouring homes or shared walls. It is likewise designed to prevent and deal with prospective conflicts with neighbours.

Will it Impact my Strategies to Refurbish?

If you reside in a semi, terrace, flat, or your detached house is sited within close proximity to neighbouring homes, it might.

The crucial things to bear in mind are which walls make up as ‘party walls’ and the type of work subject to the Act.

Type of work

More comprehensive work is covered by the Party Wall Act. This consists of:

Superficial tasks are not included, such as:

If you prepare to carry out any work covered by the Act, you’ll likewise have to give ‘Notice’ of the start of work to your neighbour.

You need to notify under the Party Wall Act if you’re excavating for brand-new foundations deeper than the structures of your neighbours’ house, within three metres of the limit, or within six metres if a 45 ° will be formed in between the bottom of your brand-new structures and those coming from your neighbour.

You do not require preparing authorization for your strategies to serve notice.

How Do I Give ‘Notice’?

If your task is covered by the Act, you give Notice with a letter setting out your intentions, sent out to all the owners of every neighbouring property impacted.

A sample letter is consisted of within The Party Wall Act booklet (download or purchase your copy at communities.gov.uk).

Remember to include all the crucial info, including:

If you do not do this, your Notice will be invalid.

When Do I Required to Provide Party Wall Notice?

Once total, present this, together with a copy of the Act and explanatory pamphlet, to your neighbour 2 months before starting. If you are excavating near a neighbouring building then you require to give at least one month’s notice.), (.

Your neighbour will have 14 days to offer written approval or rejection. Let them know a design template is available for both alternatives in the explanatory brochure.

What Happens if the Neighbours Object?

Talk with your neighbours and explain your plans in detail to reach a contract.

If approval is difficult, then you will have to appoint an ‘concurred property surveyor’ or 2 surveyors to prepare a Party Wall Award. This ‘Award’ covers:.

What Does a Party Wall Surveyor Do?

Simply put, party wall surveyors help mitigate danger to all parties, and make sure that projects can progress without delay.

If you correctly serve notice on your neighbours and damage happens, any disputes over that damage will be dealt with by surveyors instead of at common law.

Is a Party Wall Notice Mandatory?

If things turn sour with your neighbour and they believe that the work being performed will adversely affect their house, they can look for a court injunction to stop you from continuing.

If you haven’t complied with the Act and you trigger major damage to your neighbour’s home, the judge can award settlement for any loss or damage arising from the works, including legal expenses.

An authorized Notification is the only way to prevent this.

Expense of a Party Wall Notice.

For an uncomplicated task outside London with an adjacent owner dissenting to the works, fees are most likely to be in the region of ₤ 1,000-2,000 plus VAT.

Costs will depend upon the nature and complexity of the work being undertaken as well as the number of adjoining owners. And it is not constantly the case that the individual instigating the work will pay all parties’ charges.

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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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