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If you’re planning on extending your property’s boundary line, you may be wondering whether or not you need to obtain a party wall agreement.
The short answer is that it depends on your specific circumstances. In this article, we’ll delve into the details of party wall agreements and outline whether or not you need one for your boundary line extension project.
Do I Need a party wall agreement if I want to remove a chimney breast?
If you’re planning on removing a chimney from your property, you might be wondering whether you need a party wall agreement.
In this guide, we’ll explain what a party wall agreement is, when you need one, and how to go about getting one.
What is a Party Wall Agreement?
A party wall agreement is a legal agreement between two or more property owners who share a wall, fence, or other boundary.
It sets out the rights and responsibilities of each owner in relation to the shared structure.
The agreement is designed to prevent disputes arising from works carried out to the shared structure, including damage to the structure, noise, and inconvenience.
When Do You Need a Party Wall Agreement for Chimney Removal?
You will need a party wall agreement if:
- Your chimney is on a party wall (i.e. a wall that is shared with a neighbouring property)
- Your chimney is within 3 meters of a neighbouring property, and you need to excavate deeper than their foundations to remove it
If your chimney is entirely on your own property and is not connected to a party wall, you do not need a party wall agreement.
However, if your chimney stack extends above your roofline and overhangs your neighbour’s property, you may need an agreement to protect their property from any potential damage during the works.
How to Get a Party Wall Agreement?
The first step in getting a party wall agreement is to notify your neighbours of your intention to carry out the works.
You should do this in writing, using a Party Wall Notice, at least two months before you plan to start work.
The notice should include a detailed description of the works you plan to carry out, the start date, and the likely duration of the works.
Your neighbours then have 14 days to respond.
If they consent to the works, you can proceed without the need for a party wall agreement.
However, if they object or do not respond, you will need to appoint a surveyor to draw up a party wall agreement.
Benefits of a Party Wall Agreement
- Protects your property from potential damage during the works
- Avoids disputes with your neighbours
- Provides a clear framework for carrying out the works
What Faulkner Surveyors Clients Say
If you’re planning on removing a chimney from your property, it’s important to consider whether you need a party wall agreement.
If you share a party wall with a neighbour, or your chimney is close to their property, you will likely need an agreement to protect their property and avoid disputes.
Faulkner Surveyors can help you navigate the process and ensure that your works are carried out legally and safely.
Contact Faulkner Surveyors today for expert advice on party wall agreements and other surveying services.