If you’re planning to undertake construction work on a shared boundary in Nottingham 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 a legal framework that regulates the rights and obligations of property owners who are undertaking building work that could affect the party wall or boundary with an adjoining property. The act applies to a range of works, including:
Building a new wall on the boundary
Cutting into an existing party wall
Excavating near a party wall
Underpinning a party wall
Under the Party Wall Act, property owners must notify their neighbors before carrying out any building work that could affect the party wall. This notice must be given in writing, and the adjoining owner has the right to refuse or accept to the proposed works.
If the adjoining owner dissents, a party wall surveyor will need to be appointed to resolve any disputes and agree on the terms of the work. The surveyor’s role is to ensure that the works are carried out in a safe and appropriate manner, and to protect the interests of both parties.
Protection of both parties’ interests – The act ensures that both parties are protected and have a say in any building work that could affect their property.
Preventing disputes – By providing a framework for communication and dispute resolution, the act helps to prevent disputes between neighbors.
Cost-effective – The act provides a cost-effective way of resolving disputes, rather than having to resort to expensive legal action.
Reducing the risk of damage – By requiring a party wall surveyor to oversee the work, the act reduces the risk of damage to either property.
At Faulkners, we provide professional party wall surveying services in Nottingham and the surrounding areas. Our team of experienced surveyors can help you navigate the Party Wall Act and ensure that any building work is carried out safely and in compliance with the law. Contact us today to find out more.