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If you’re a homeowner who has agreed small repair with a neighbour of a shared limit, you’ll need a party wall agreement for repairs. For more extensive 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 suggests that you will need to serve notice of the proposed deal with your neighbour( s) and, if they do not consent to the work, you’ll need to designate a property surveyor to prepare a Party Wall Award.

If works to the party wall are so small, that service of notice under the Act is not necessary (eg simple repair work, such as replastering, or cutting into the party wall to change or include recessed electric circuitry and sockets) you can use a simple Party Wall Agreement to 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 need to serve a party wall notice on every neighbouring home affected a minimum of 2 months prior to the works start. You can take up to a year to start work when notice has actually been served.

Your neighbours might look for to stop your work through a court injunction or seek other legal redress if you begin work without having actually first given notice in the appropriate method.

What occurs after you serve notice?

Once notice about intended work is served, your neighbour may either:.

If, after a period of 14 days from the service of your notice, the person getting the notification has actually done nothing, a disagreement is considered having actually occurred. Any disagreements will be dealt with by a property surveyor.

When do you require a party wall agreement or award?

You’ll need a party wall agreement if you’re going to carry out building or alterations which include:

For more details, see the Department for Communities and Local Government (Assistance for carrying out building 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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