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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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This information just applies in England and Wales.
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:
- a wall that stands on the land of 2 (or more) types and owners part of a structure – this wall can be part of one structure only or separate structures coming from different owners
- a wall that bases on the land of two owners but does not form part of a building, such as garden wall (but not including lumber fences).
- a wall that is on one person’s land but is used by two (or more) owners of separate residential or commercial properties.
What works are covered by the Party Wall Act?
- Developing a brand-new wall or building on or at the boundary of 2 properties.
- Cutting into or performing work to a party wall or structure.
- Making a party wall taller, shorter or much deeper.
- Getting rid of chimney breasts from a party wall.
- Knocking down and restoring a party wall.
- Digging below the structure level of a neighbour’s property.
Kinds of notice.
- Party structure notice, for alterations that directly affect the party wall and include common jobs, such as cutting holes to insert beams and padstones, cutting in flashings and getting rid of chimney breasts.
- Notification of nearby excavation, for when you are excavating within 3 or 6 metres of your neighbour’s structure.
- Line of junction notification, for the construction of a brand-new wall adjacent to a border, or the building and construction of a brand-new wall astride a border.
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:.
- Offer their authorization in composing, or.
- Disagree with the works proposed in composing, or.
- Not do anything.
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:
- Work performed on a wall,.
- Floor or ceiling shown another home,.
- Structure on the boundary with another residential or commercial property,.
- Excavating within six meters of an adjacent structure,.
- Repairing a party wall or spouts, fall pipelines, sewage systems, drains pipes, wire channels, flues, chimney stacks, eaves or troughs utilized in common with neighbours.
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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