If you’re planning to undertake construction work on a shared boundary with your neighbour, you might need a party wall agreement.
It’s a legal document that outlines the responsibilities and rights of both parties involved in the construction process.
The Party Wall Act 1996 is designed to protect the interests of property owners whose buildings share walls or boundaries with their neighbors. It regulates the processes of carrying out any work that affects shared walls, including the installation of new walls, the repair, and maintenance of existing ones, and excavation works close to party walls.
Any proposed work on a party wall should be preceded by the service of a formal notice to the impacted owner, detailing the planned works and timelines. The notice should be served at least two months before the planned works commence to allow sufficient time for the impacted owner to respond, raise any concerns, and appoint a party wall surveyor.
Faulkners Party Wall Surveying offers a range of services to help you correctly navigate the Party Wall Act 1996. These include:
Faulkners Party Wall Surveying can help you draft and serve party wall notices, including notices of intent, excavation notification, and response to notice served. These notices are essential for establishing the groundwork for any work on a party wall and setting expectations for all parties involved.
Faulkners Party Wall Surveying can act as party wall surveyors, representing both the building owner and the impacted owner as an impartial third party. This ensures that all parties’ interests are protected, and the party wall work proceeds with minimal friction.
Faulkners Party Wall Surveying also has expertise in dealing with boundary disputes, which often arise when there is ambiguity or uncertainty about the ownership and responsibilities of physical property boundaries. Their skilled and impartial surveyors can help resolve these disputes and prevent lengthy and costly legal battles.
Carrying out works that potentially affect shared walls or property boundaries is a complex process that requires careful planning and execution. By engaging Faulkners Party Wall Surveying, you can ensure your compliance with the Party Wall Act 1996, protect your interests, and prevent potential disputes with your neighbours. Contact them today for more information on their services and how they can help you.