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 came into effect in 1996 to resolve disputes between neighbours regarding party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. It ensures that each neighbour has appropriate rights and protections, which should be taken into account should any party be intending to carry out work to or close to a shared building structure.
We can create party wall agreements that ensure both you and your neighbour are fully protected and agreeable to any works carried out on or near shared structures. These agreements allow both parties to agree and share in the inspection, preparation, and final approval of building design.
A party wall award is a legally binding agreement that sets out how works on the party wall should proceed. It provides a clear outline of each neighbour’s responsibilities and rights, ensuring each party is indemnified against any damage or costs arising as a direct result of building works.
If your neighbour plans to carry out work on a shared structure without abiding by the Party Wall Act, this can lead to a dispute between the neighbours. In such cases, we recommend contacting Faulkners Surveying to help find an amicable solution to the situation. Failure to follow the Party Wall Act can result in legal action against you/your neighbour, leading to hefty fines and additional costs.
Failure to comply with the Party Wall Act is a criminal offence, and your local council can issue a fine of up to £1000.
Failure to comply with the Party Wall Act may lead to legal action being taken against you/your neighbour, including a court order requesting that the party wall works comply with the Act. This can result in further costs and fees that could be avoided.
At Faulkners Party Wall Surveying, we are committed to assisting residents in Cumbernauld with all matters related to building work and shared structures. We recommend contacting us should you require assistance with a Party Wall matter.
The Party Wall Act is a crucial piece of legislation that residents in Cumbernauld must adhere to when planning any work to party walls, boundary walls or excavations near neighbouring buildings. Failure to comply with the Act can lead to both substantial fines and legal action against you/your neighbour. To avoid any such situation, be sure to contact Faulkners Party Wall Surveying for assistance.