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The existing legislation handling party walls and associated matters is the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, which governs the rights and responsibilities of those proposing work to party walls/structures, and/or underpinning thereof, adjacent excavations and/or foundations (consisting of piled 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.

Party Wall act

How The Party Wall and so on.

In simplified terms, the Party Wall etc. If the Adjoining Owners are pleased that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, present no danger of damage to their home, the Adjoining Owners just need to confirm, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. The 2nd stage would only be set off if the Adjacent Owners had any issues relating to the Building Owners’ propositions or picked to disregard the Notice served by the Building Owners.
A conflict would then be deemed to have arisen and, the framework provided by the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “dispute” having emerged, both the Building Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to proceed with resolving the conflict.
Party Wall Surveyors are task bound to administer the Act impartially as they are, in essence, representatives of the Court. Prior to any conflict emerging, Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners do not always require the services of a Party Wall Property Surveyor. However, The Party Wall Business are typically commissioned to offer recommendations on the Act and to serve the appropriate Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are legally valid. When designated, the Surveyors will think about the proposed works and agree a Party Wall Award which would information the building works and how they should be carried out. The rights granted within the Party Wall Award undergo the Building Owners making great any damage or, the payment of damages in lieu of making great.

What is a Party Wall Notification?

Building Owners preparing to bring out 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 affected by the Building Owners proposed works.
The case of Lehmann vs Herman (1993) reveals the importance of serving a legitimate Notification. Mr and Mrs Lehmann and Mr and Mrs Herman owned adjacent properties. Mr Herman wanted to fix the Party Fence Wall that divided the two gardens and served a Notification on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. Nevertheless, as Mr Herman just served the Notification in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann refused to accept the Notification as being valid and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be considered Building Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman should likewise be included on the Notice. The disagreement wound up in court and the judge agreed with the Lehmanns that the Notice was invalid.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding file in between Building Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has actually been agreed by the appointed property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of building work in accordance with the Act. An Award will likewise specify details of: how the works are to be carried out; working days and times; steps needed to safeguard the Adjoining Owners residential or commercial property from damage and unneeded hassle; and make provisions for making good or the payment of payment need to harm be caused. A Schedule of Condition study of the Adjoining Owners property, although not a specific requirement of the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996, is popular and forms a referral document within the Award. The purpose of an Arrange of Condition study is to provide a written and photographic record of the condition of the building prior to any works starting. The schedule is then described should any damage come to light during or after completion of the works
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I Already Have Planning Consent And/ Or Building 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 procedures set out within the Act. No Regional Authority approval or approval would eliminate the legal responsibility 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 boundary and not being 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. 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 hassle or, posture no danger of damage to their residential or commercial property, the Adjoining Owners only require to confirm, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “dispute” having occurred, both the Structure Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to designate a Party Wall Property surveyor to proceed with solving the conflict. The Party Wall Company are typically commissioned to provide advice on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are legally legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding document between Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has been concurred by the designated 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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