Faulkners Surveyors is a professional and trustworthy firm of party wall surveyors in Hinckley, specialising in all party wall matters in Hinckley and the Home Counties. The company was founded in 2010 with the coming together of 3 independent skilled Surveyors who specialise in this niché area of surveying.

What is a party wall agreement in Hinckley?

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A party wall agreement is, as it says on the tin, a legal contract made in between you and your neighbours concerning any structure work taking place that affects either a shared wall, outbuilding, or border.

When do you need a party wall agreement?

2 months and before any work starts you need to serve notice to all legal owners of any building affected by your proposed construct. If you have an architect, they’ll be able to alert you when/if this requires to take place. Under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, neighbours have 2 week to react.

If they give composed approval during this time, you wouldn’t require a party wall surveyor and works can go on ahead. However, if they stop working to respond or dissent, then you’ll require to commission a party wall agreement.

Surveyors and other companies will usually charge between ₤ 65- ₤ 100 to set up a notification to be served in your place. You can draft your own utilizing examples set out in the Party Wall booklet. If you’re utilizing Faulkners Surveyors, we’ll help encourage on the best course of action. Or for more recommendations, check out our blog site on how to serve a party wall notice.

What does a party wall agreement cover?

The agreement, or ‘award’ as it is also know, will cover 3 locations:

You might discover a 3rd property surveyor noted on the arrangement, this isn’t a mistake. If a party wall agreement includes two surveyors, a 3rd one is brought on board to manage any disagreements, if they develop.

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As soon as the arrangement has actually been witnessed and signed, both parties will have a 2 week period to appeal if either someone thinks the arrangement was improperly developed.

Do I require a party wall surveyor?

If you have actually failed to receive authorization after serving a party wall notice, then you’ll require to staff member a minimum of one party wall surveyor to handle the subsequent contract.

After the end of your served notice, you must send out a letter mentioning your neighbour ought to designate a party wall surveyor within 10 days. If this doesn’t take place within the recommended 10 day duration (either because the other party refuses or they don’t react), you’ll have to commission 2 party wall surveyors.

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

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

A party wall could also consist of garden walls that have actually been built along a border – this is called the party fence wall.

If you’re unsure about the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996, it would be worth getting a designer on board who will be able to advise on whether or not any shared limits will be affected.

If a party wall agreement involves two surveyors, a 3rd one is brought on board to manage any disagreements, if they arise. After the end of your served notification, you need to send a letter specifying your neighbour should select a party wall surveyor within 10 days. If this does not occur within the recommended 10 day duration (either because the other celebration refuses 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 require a party wall notice to be served, and might for that reason need 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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