The Faulkners Surveyors is an expert Chartered Structure Surveying Practice that operates throughout UK. The Faulkners Surveyors carries out all elements of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and supplies the following services:

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.

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How The Party Wall etc.

Act 1996 Functions In simplified terms, the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 can be divided into 2 stages; to start with the Notifying Phase and second of all, if required, the Disputed Stage. The first stage is where the Building Owners have a legal responsibility to serve an official Notification detailing the proposed works upon the Adjoining Owners. If the Adjacent Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no trouble or, pose no hazard of damage to their residential or commercial property, the Adjoining Owners just require to confirm, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 might end there. The 2nd stage would just be set off if the Adjoining Owners had any concerns relating to the Structure Owners’ proposals or selected to neglect the Notification served by the Structure Owners.
A conflict would then be deemed to have emerged and, the framework provided by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 makes it possible for a resolution so that the Building Owners could undertake works whilst providing defense to both celebrations. At the point of a “conflict” having emerged, both the Building Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Property surveyor to proceed with fixing the conflict. This could be through separate surveyor appointments or, by accepting a single property surveyor, called the Agreed Surveyor.
Prior to any conflict emerging, Building Owners and Adjacent Owners do not always require the services of a Party Wall Property Surveyor. The Party Wall Business are frequently commissioned to provide recommendations on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are lawfully valid.

What is a Party Wall Notification?

Building Owners planning to carry out any of the works specified within the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 have a legal commitment to serve written Notice on any Adjoining Owner who might be affected by the Structure Owners proposed works. There is no main design template for a Notice. Sufficient detail of the proposed works, legal names of all Owners, and when the proposed works will commence are all crucial to guarantee the validity of the Notification.
Mr Herman wanted to fix the Party Fence Wall that divided the two gardens and served a Notification on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. As Mr Herman only served the Notification 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 Structure Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman should also be included on the Notification.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding document in between Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has actually been concurred by the selected property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. An Award will likewise specify information of: how the works are to be carried out; working days and times; measures needed to protect the Adjoining Owners property from damage and unnecessary hassle; and make provisions for making good or the payment of settlement must harm be caused. An Arrange of Condition study of the Adjoining Owners residential or commercial property, although not a specific requirement of the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996, is customary and forms a recommendation document within the Award. The purpose of a Schedule of Condition study is to supply a written and photographic record of the condition of the building prior to any works starting. The schedule is then described must any damage come to light throughout or after conclusion of the works
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I Already Have Preparation Consent And/ Or Structure Control Approval. Do I Still Need To Follow The Party Wall Act?

The Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 is a completely separate piece of statute legislation to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 or the Structure Act 1984. If your planned 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 approval or approval would eliminate the legal responsibility to serve a Party Wall Notice upon your neighbour( s).

Does The Party Wall Act Cover Garden Fences?

The Act does cover “Party Fence Walls” which are deemed to be a wall of strong structure that sits astride a boundary and not becoming part of a structure. For that reason, any works to such walls that would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act would likewise apply to Party Fence Walls. Wood fencing, precast concrete posts with infill panel fencing, etc would not be considered to be a Party Fence Wall, whether astride a boundary or not.

If the Adjacent Owners are pleased that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no hassle or, pose no hazard of damage to their residential or commercial property, the Adjoining Owners only need to verify, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “conflict” having occurred, both the Building Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to select a Party Wall Property surveyor to proceed with resolving the dispute. The Party Wall Company are frequently commissioned to provide recommendations on the Act and to serve the relevant Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are lawfully valid. A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding document in between Building Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has been concurred by the designated property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of building work in accordance with the Act. Any works to such walls that would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act would likewise apply to Party Fence Walls.

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