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The existing legislation handling party walls and associated matters is the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, which governs the rights and commitments of those proposing work to party walls/structures, and/or underpinning thereof, nearby excavations and/or foundations (including stacked foundations).
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Party Wall (WikiPedia)
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.
How The Party Wall etc.
In simple terms, the Party Wall and so on. If the Adjacent Owners are satisfied that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, present no threat of damage to their residential or commercial property, the Adjoining Owners just require to verify, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. The 2nd phase would just be set off if the Adjacent Owners had any concerns relating to the Building Owners’ proposals or picked to disregard the Notice served by the Building Owners.
A conflict would then be deemed to have arisen and, the framework offered by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 enables a resolution so that the Structure Owners could undertake works whilst providing defense to both celebrations. At the point of a “dispute” having developed, both the Structure Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Property surveyor to proceed with solving the disagreement. This could be by means of different property surveyor visits or, by consenting to a single property surveyor, called the Agreed Property surveyor.
Prior to any conflict occurring, Building Owners and Adjoining Owners do not necessarily require the services of a Party Wall Surveyor. The Party Wall Business are often commissioned to provide guidance on the Act and to serve the relevant Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are legally valid.
What is a Party Wall Notification?
Building Owners planning to perform any of the works specified within the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 have a legal commitment to serve written Notification on any Adjoining Owner who might be impacted by the Structure Owners proposed works. There is no official template for a Notification. Nevertheless, enough detail of the proposed works, legal names of all Owners, and when the proposed works will commence are all important to guarantee the credibility of the Notification.
Mr Herman wanted to repair the Party Fence Wall that divided the two gardens and served a Notice on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. As Mr Herman just served the Notice in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann refused to accept the Notification as being legitimate and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be concerned as Building Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman need to also be included on the Notification.
What is a Party Wall Award?
A Party Wall Award is a legally binding file in between Building Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has actually been agreed by the appointed property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of building work in accordance with the Act. A Set up of Condition survey of the Adjoining Owners home, although not a specific requirement of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, is traditional and forms a reference file within the Award.
I Already Have Preparation Permission And/ Or Building Control Approval. Do I Still Required To Follow The Party Wall Act?
If your prepared works would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act then yes, you would have to follow the treatments set out within the Act. No Local Authority permission or approval would get rid of the legal responsibility to serve a Party Wall Notification upon your neighbour( s).
Does The Party Wall Act Cover Garden Fences?
The Act does cover “Party Fence Walls” which are considered to be a wall of strong structure that sits astride a boundary and not becoming part of a building. For that reason, any works to such walls that would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act would likewise apply to Party Fence Walls. Lumber fencing, precast concrete posts with infill panel fencing, etc would not be deemed to be a Party Fence Wall, whether astride a border or not.
If the Adjoining Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, present no danger of damage to their home, the Adjoining Owners just need to validate, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “disagreement” having actually emerged, both the Building Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Property surveyor to proceed with dealing with the conflict. The Party Wall Business are typically commissioned to provide advice on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are legally legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a legally binding document between Structure Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has been concurred by the appointed surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. Any works to such walls that would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also apply to Party Fence Walls.
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