Faulkners Surveyors is a trustworthy and expert firm of party wall surveyors in Gravesend, specialising in all party wall matters in Gravesend and the Home Counties. The business was founded in 2010 with the coming together of three independent experienced Surveyors who specialise in this niché area of surveying.

What is a party wall agreement in Gravesend?

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A party wall agreement is, as it states on the tin, a legal agreement made between you and your neighbours concerning any building work happening that affects either a shared wall, shed, or limit.

When do you require a party wall agreement?

2 months and before any work commences you require to serve notice to all legal owners of any structure affected by your proposed construct. They’ll be able to alert you when/if this requires to happen if you have an architect. Under the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996, neighbours have 2 week to respond.

If they provide composed approval throughout this time, you would not need a party wall surveyor and works can go on ahead. If they fail to respond or dissent, then you’ll need to commission a party wall agreement.

Surveyors and other business will generally charge in between ₤ 65- ₤ 100 to organize a notification to be served in your place. Additionally, you can prepare your own utilizing examples set out in the Party Wall brochure. If you’re using Faulkners Surveyors, we’ll assist recommend on the very best strategy. Or for more recommendations, have a look at our blog on how to serve a party wall notice.

What does a party wall agreement cover?

The contract, or ‘award’ as it is likewise know, will cover 3 locations:

Most files will use a template set out by the Royal Organization of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The contract will consist of complete information on both families concerned, in addition to the surveyors included. You might discover a 3rd surveyor noted on the arrangement, this isn’t an error. If a party wall agreement involves two surveyors, a 3rd one is brought on board to handle any disagreements, if they occur. More than likely, you’ll never have to engage with this silent surveyor.

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When the agreement has actually been seen and signed, both parties will have a 2 week duration to appeal if either somebody believes the arrangement was incorrectly developed.

Do I require a party wall surveyor?

You’ll require to staff member at least one party wall surveyor to handle the subsequent agreement if you have actually stopped working to recieve permission after serving a party wall notice.

After the end of your served notice, you need to send a letter specifying your neighbour needs to appoint a party wall surveyor within 10 days. If this doesn’t happen within the recommended 10 day period (either due to the fact that the other celebration declines or they don’t react), you’ll have to commission 2 party wall surveyors.

Do I need a party wall agreement for an extension or loft conversion?

If you’re living in a semi-detached or terraced house you’ll share a wall with your neighbour – the party wall. Any extension or loft conversion that impacts this wall will need a party wall notice to be served, and might for that reason need a party wall agreement. You will likewise need to serve notice if you are proposing to excavate within 3 metres of a neighbouring building or finishing structural works to the party wall, for example, getting rid of a chimney.

A party wall could likewise include garden walls that have been developed along a boundary – this is called the party fence wall.

If you’re not sure about the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, it would be worth getting an architect on board who will be able to recommend on whether or not any shared limits will be affected.

If a party wall agreement includes 2 surveyors, a 3rd one is brought on board to handle any disagreements, if they emerge. After the end of your served notice, you need to send a letter stating your neighbour ought to designate a party wall surveyor within 10 days. If this doesn’t take place within the recommended 10 day period (either because the other celebration declines or they don’t respond), you’ll have to commission two party wall surveyors. If you’re living in a terraced or semi-detached house you’ll share a wall with your neighbour – the party wall. Any extension or loft conversion that impacts this wall will need a party wall notice to be served, and could therefore require a party wall agreement.

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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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