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The current legislation dealing with party walls and associated matters is the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996, which governs the rights and responsibilities of those proposing work to party walls/structures, and/or underpinning thereof, surrounding excavations and/or structures (including stacked structures).
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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.
How The Party Wall etc.
Act 1996 Functions In simplified terms, the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 can be divided into two phases; to start with the Notifying Stage and secondly, if required, the Disputed Stage. The first stage is where the Structure Owners have a legal commitment to serve a formal 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 danger of damage to their residential or commercial property, the Adjoining Owners just require to verify, in writing, that they grant the works and the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 might end there. The second stage would only be triggered if the Adjoining Owners had any concerns connecting to the Structure Owners’ proposals or picked to disregard the Notice served by the Building Owners.
A dispute would then be considered to have emerged and, the structure supplied by the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “disagreement” having developed, both the Structure Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Property surveyor to continue with resolving the dispute.
Prior to any conflict arising, Building Owners and Adjoining Owners do not necessarily require the services of a Party Wall Property Surveyor. The Party Wall Business are typically commissioned to offer suggestions on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are legally valid.
What is a Party Wall Notice?
Building Owners preparing to perform any of the works specified within the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 have a legal obligation to serve written Notification on any Adjacent Owner who may be impacted by the Building Owners proposed works. There is no official 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 Notice.
Mr Herman desired to fix the Party Fence Wall that divided the 2 gardens and served a Notice on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. As Mr Herman just served the Notification in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann declined to accept the Notification as being legitimate and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be related to as Building Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman should likewise be included on the Notice.
What is a Party Wall Award?
A Party Wall Award is a legally binding file between Building Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has actually been agreed by the designated surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. A Set up of Condition study of the Adjoining Owners property, although not a particular requirement of the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996, is customary and forms a reference file within the Award.
I Already Have Planning Approval And/ Or Building Control Approval. Do I Still Need To Follow The Party Wall Act?
If your prepared 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 permission or approval would remove the legal commitment to serve a Party Wall Notification 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 border and not being part of a building. Any works to such walls that would be considered 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 border or not.
If the Adjacent Owners are pleased that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, position no threat of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners just require to validate, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “disagreement” having developed, both the Building Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Property surveyor to proceed with resolving the conflict. The Party Wall Company are frequently commissioned to provide advice on the Act and to serve the appropriate Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are lawfully legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding file in between Building Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has actually been agreed by the selected property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. Any works to such walls that would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act would likewise use to Party Fence Walls.
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