The Faulkners Surveyors is a specialist Chartered Building Surveying Practice that runs throughout UK. The Faulkners Surveyors carries out all elements of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and provides 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 and so on.

In simplistic terms, the Party Wall and so on. If the Adjacent Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, pose no threat of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners just need to confirm, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. The second phase would just be triggered if the Adjacent Owners had any concerns relating to the Structure Owners’ proposals or selected to overlook the Notification served by the Structure Owners.
A conflict would then be considered to have occurred and, the structure supplied by the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “dispute” having arisen, both the Structure Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Property surveyor to proceed with solving the dispute.
Prior to any conflict occurring, Building Owners and Adjacent Owners do not always need the services of a Party Wall Property Surveyor. The Party Wall Business are frequently commissioned to offer advice on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are lawfully valid.

What is a Party Wall Notice?

Structure Owners preparing to carry out any of the works specified within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 have a legal obligation to serve written Notification on any Adjoining Owner who might be impacted by the Building Owners proposed works. There is no official design template for a Notice. Nevertheless, enough information of the proposed works, legal names of all Owners, and when the proposed works will start are all vital to make sure the validity of the Notification.
Mr Herman wanted 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 Notification in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann refused to accept the Notice as being valid and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be related to as Structure Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman ought to likewise be consisted of on the Notification.

What is a Party Wall Award?

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

I Already Have Planning Authorization 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 limit and not belonging to a structure. Any works to such walls that would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act would likewise use to Party Fence Walls. Wood fencing, precast concrete posts with infill panel fencing, etc would not be deemed to be a Party Fence Wall, whether astride a border or not.

If the Adjacent Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no hassle or, posture no hazard of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners just require to validate, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “dispute” having actually occurred, both the Structure Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to designate a Party Wall Surveyor to continue with resolving the conflict. The Party Wall Business are typically commissioned to provide suggestions on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are lawfully valid. A Party Wall Award is a legally binding document between Building Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has been concurred by the designated 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 also apply to Party Fence Walls.

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