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The present 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, nearby excavations and/or structures (including piled structures).
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THE PARTY WALL ACT 1996- A NEWBIES GUIDE
We appreciate that many people wanting to carry out works on their property have the requirements of The Party Wall Act thrust upon at a reasonably late stage in the pre-construction process. We likewise comprehend it can be an overwhelming procedure for those that have not experienced it previously. Here in Faulkners Surveyors, among our senior surveyors, uses his “novices guide” which intends to offer a summary understanding of party walls and the requirements of the Party Wall Act …
What is the Party Wall Act?
The Party Wall etc Act 1996 supplies a treatment to follow when developing work includes a party wall or party fence wall, some excavations close to neighbouring structures, and brand-new walls at borders. The Act allows owners to carry out particular particular works, including work to the full thickness of a party wall, whilst at the same time protecting the interests of anyone else who might be impacted by that work. The Act is designed to prevent or minimise conflicts by making sure property owners notify their neighbours in advance of particular proposed works.
The Act offers a system for resolving disputes and making it possible for works to proceed. It also requires that, where the adjoining owner does not ‘concur’ in writing to the works, a property surveyor or surveyors will determine the time and way in which those works are performed.
What is a party wall?
Party walls usually separate buildings belonging to different owners but could include garden walls constructed astride a boundary– called party fence walls. Where a wall separates 2 different size structures often only the part that is used by both homes is a party wall, the rest comes from the person or individuals on whose land it stands.
The “etc” within The Party Wall etc Act 1996 is so consisted of since the arrangements of the Act are not restricted to party walls, they likewise consist of party structures and party fence walls.
Area 20 of the Act defines each:
” party fence wall” indicates a wall (not being part of a structure) which stands on lands of various owners and is utilized or constructed to be utilized for separating such adjoining lands, but does not consist of a wall built on the land of one owner the synthetically formed support of which jobs into the land of another owner;
” party structure” means a party wall and also a floor partition or other structure separating structures or parts of buildings approached solely by separate entrances or separate staircases;
What is covered by the Act?
There are particular products of work that you can just be done after informing the adjoining owners and either receiving written arrangement of the neighbour or with a Party Wall Award prepared by a surveyor/s.
Notifiable works consist of (but are not restricted to):.
- cutting into a wall to take the bearing of a beam, for example for a loft conversion.
- placing a damp proof course, even if only to your own side of a party wall.
- raising a party wall and, if needed, cutting off any things avoiding this from taking place.
- demolishing and rebuilding a party wall.
- underpinning a party wall or part of a party wall.
- weathering the junction of adjacent walls or buildings by cutting a flashing into an adjacent building.
- excavating foundations within three metres of a neighbour’s structure and lower than its structures.
- excavating foundations within six metres of a neighbour’s structure and below a line drawn down at 45 ° from the bottom of its foundations.
If it is proposed to construct a new wall on the line of junction (limit line), notifications are likewise needed. A party wall property surveyor will normally be able to confirm which work is notifiable and advice the notification period and type of notification needed.
What is not covered by the Act?
The Act relates only to particular particular kinds of work and is liberal in nature. It must not be seen as an approach of challenging or preventing works and it is not planned to be applied to minor tasks that do not affect the structural stability or loading of a party wall.
It is normally agreed that works such as fixing plug sockets, screwing in shelving or replastering walls are small works and do not require a notice.
The operations of the Act are always instigated by the of providing notifications. This is the first stage of the procedure and, without the problem of valid notices, no additional action can be taken under the provision of the Act.
Written notice must be served on adjoining owners a minimum of 2 months before beginning any party wall works (one month for works to the line of junction or excavations). All adjacent owners should be served a notification and there are most likely to be circumstances where there is more than one adjoining property and more than one owner of each home (ie: if the adjacent residential or commercial property is split into flats and owned on a leasehold basis, notifications will be needed to both leaseholder and freeholder of all flats affected by the works). Works to a party wall, or those affecting a ceiling or floor, will also require a notice to adjoining owners living above or below.
Valid notices must contain the following details as a minimum:.
- The name and address of the building owner;.
- The nature and details of the proposed work consisting of strategies, sections and details of construction approaches.
- The date on which the proposed work will start.
It is necessary to consist of the correct details on a notice as, if they are deemed void, then any subsequent actions are likewise void.
Actions To Notices.
On receipt of a notice, an adjacent owner has three possible courses of action:.
- To grant the works proceeding as described. If there is a disagreement at that phase, a consenting Adjacent Owner retains all rights under the Act consisting of the right to appoint a surveyor later in the process.
- To dissent and designate a property surveyor. The Act allows the Owners to concur in the visit of a single ‘Agreed’ surveyor or appoint their own separate surveyor.
- Release a counter notice to set out certain conditions required for the advantage of the Adjoining Owner. The Counter Notification should set out what additional or customized work the Adjoining Owner want to be consisted of for his benefit.
If the adjacent does not react within 14 days then a considered conflict is said to have occurred and the person carrying out the work should designate a property surveyor to act on the adjoining owners behalf.
If adjacent owners offer composed consent to the works as set out within the notices, then there is no dispute to solve and no more requirement for party wall property surveyors or, indeed, the Party Wall Act. Assuming work proceeds as detailed within no damage and the notice is triggered, then no additional participation is required.
The property surveyors then work together to concur the terms under which work might continue. The surveyor( s) will evaluate the plans, notifications and structural details of the works and, after considering the impact of the works, will draw up a contract which sets out the terms under which work can be brought out (the Award).
The Party Wall Award.
The award will usually tape the condition of the appropriate part of adjacent residential or commercial property before work starts (this is not a requirement under the Act however is considered great practice and is duly offered by the majority of excellent surveyors). The award might likewise grant access to both residential or commercial properties so that the works can be securely carried out and the surveyor/s can examine operate in progress.
Usually, the building owner who started the work spends for all costs of work and the reasonable costs incurred by all celebrations as a result, this will include the property surveyors fees for both Building Owner and Adjoining Owner.
We appreciate that lots of individuals wishing to bring out works on their property have the requirements of The Party Wall Act thrust upon at a reasonably late stage in the pre-construction procedure. Here, Michael White C.Build.E MCABE MFPWS, one of our senior surveyors, offers his “newbies guide” which aims to offer a summary understanding of party walls and the requirements of the Party Wall Act …
What is the Party Wall Celebration?
The Party Wall etc Act 1996 provides a procedure to follow when developing work involves a party wall or party fence wall, some excavations close to neighbouring buildings, and brand-new walls at borders. The Act permits owners to bring out particular particular works, consisting of work to the full density of a party wall, whilst at the exact same time safeguarding the interests of anybody else who might be affected by that work. Written notice should be served on adjacent owners at least two months prior to starting any party wall works (one month for works to the line of junction or excavations).
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