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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.

Party Wall act

How The Party Wall and so on.

In simplified terms, the Party Wall etc. If the Adjacent Owners are pleased that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no trouble or, present no danger of damage to their residential or commercial property, the Adjoining Owners just require to confirm, in composing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. The 2nd stage would just be triggered if the Adjoining Owners had any concerns relating to the Building Owners’ proposals or picked to ignore the Notification served by the Structure Owners.
A disagreement would then be considered to have actually occurred and, the framework offered by the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 allows a resolution so that the Building Owners could carry out works whilst supplying protection to both celebrations. At the point of a “disagreement” having actually occurred, both the Structure Owners and the Adjoining Owners need to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to proceed with resolving the conflict. This could be through different surveyor visits or, by consenting to a single property surveyor, called the Agreed Property surveyor.
Party Wall Surveyors are task bound to administer the Act impartially as they are, in essence, representatives of the Court. Prior to any dispute arising, Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners do not always require the services of a Party Wall Surveyor. Nevertheless, The Party Wall Business are frequently commissioned to supply recommendations on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are legally valid. As soon as selected, the Surveyors will consider the proposed works and concur a Party Wall Award which would information the structure works and how they must be undertaken. The rights given within the Party Wall Award go through the Building Owners making good any damage or, the payment of damages in lieu of making great.

What is a Party Wall Notification?

Building Owners preparing to carry out any of the works defined within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 have a legal obligation to serve written Notification on any Adjoining Owner who might be affected by the Structure Owners proposed works. There is no official template for a Notice. However, sufficient detail of the proposed works, legal names of all Owners, and when the proposed works will commence are all crucial to ensure the credibility of the Notification.
Mr Herman desired to repair the Party Fence Wall that divided the two gardens and served a Notice on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. As Mr Herman just served the Notice 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 Structure Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman need to also be included on the Notice.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a legally binding file in between Structure Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has actually been concurred by the selected surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. A Schedule of Condition study of the Adjoining Owners property, although not a particular requirement of the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996, is traditional and forms a reference file within the Award.

I Currently Have Planning Permission And/ Or Structure Control Approval. Do I Still Required To Follow The Party Wall Act?

If your planned works would be deemed 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 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 belonging to a building. Any works to such walls that would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act would likewise use to Party Fence Walls. Lumber fencing, precast concrete posts with infill panel fencing, etc would not be considered to be a Party Fence Wall, whether astride a limit or not.

If the Adjacent Owners are pleased that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, position no danger of damage to their home, the Adjoining Owners only need to confirm, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “disagreement” having actually developed, both the Building Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to continue with solving the dispute. The Party Wall Company are typically commissioned to offer guidance on the Act and to serve the relevant Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are lawfully legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding document between Building Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has been concurred by the selected 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 apply to Party Fence Walls.

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