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A Party Wall in Houghton-Le-Spring is a dividing partition between two homes, the owners of which have actually shared responsibility for the wall. Our Party Wall Surveyors in Houghton-Le-Spring are qualified to advise you on a series of Party Wall concerns you might be experiencing concerning your property.

Our Party Wall Surveyors in Houghton-Le-Spring cover the whole Houghton-Le-Spring area and the Home Counties.

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You’ll need a party wall agreement for repairs if you’re a property owner who has agreed minor repair work works with a neighbour of a shared boundary. For more substantial works, you’ll require to serve a party wall notice.

What is the legal background to party walls?

The Party Wall Act applies to most work performed to party walls. If it uses, it implies that you will need to serve notice of the proposed works on your neighbour( s) and, if they do not consent to the work, you’ll have to select a property surveyor to prepare a Party Wall Award.

However, if works to the party wall are so small, that service of notification under the Act is not necessary (eg simple repairs, such as replastering, or cutting into the party wall to change or add recessed electrical circuitry and sockets) you can use a simple Party Wall Agreement to tape-record the work to be undertaken.

What is a party wall?

The term “party wall” consists of the following:

What works are covered by the Party Wall Act?

Kinds of notice.

When do you require to serve notice?

If your works are governed by the Party Wall Act, you’ll require to serve a party wall notice on every neighbouring home affected at least two months prior to the works start. You can take up to a year to begin work as soon as notification has actually been served.

If you begin work without having actually first given notice in the proper way, your neighbours may seek to stop your work through a court injunction or look for other legal redress.

What happens after you serve notice?

Once observe about desired work is served, your neighbour may either:.

If, after a period of 2 week from the service of your notification, the individual getting the notice has actually not done anything, a disagreement is considered as having occurred. Any disputes will be handled by a property surveyor.

When do you require a party wall agreement or award?

You’ll require a party wall agreement if you’re going to perform building or changes which involve:

For more information, see the Department for Communities and City Government (Assistance for carrying out structure work under the Party Wall Act 1996).

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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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