Faulkners Surveyors As certified and experienced Party Wall Surveyors we specialise in all Party Wall matters.
We cover every aspect essential to encourage upon and resolve Party Wall concerns, such as:

  • Preparing and serving valid Party Wall Notices
  • Acting as the Structure Owners Party Wall Property Surveyor
  • Acting as the Adjoining Owners Party Wall Property Surveyor
  • Acting as the Agreed Party Wall Property Surveyor
  • Undertaking and preparing Schedules of Condition
  • Preparation and settlement of Party Wall Awards

All our Party Wall Surveyors are professionals and operate in accordance with the guidelines set down by the Professors of Party Wall Surveyors.

The Party Wall Act and so on 1996 is law, failure to adhere to this legislation might result in works being unlawful.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (periodically parti-wall or parting wall surface, also called typical wall surface or as a demising wall surface) is a separating dividers between two adjacent structures that is shared by the residents of each residence or company. Commonly, the contractor lays the wall surface along a home line separating 2 terraced residences, to make sure that one fifty percent of the wall surface’s density pushes each side. This kind of wall is generally architectural. Event wall surfaces can additionally be formed by two abutting wall surfaces built at various times. The term can be additionally utilized to explain a department in between separate devices within a multi-unit apartment or condo complicated. Extremely usually the wall surface in this situation is non-structural however created to fulfill recognized standards for noise and/or fire security, i.e. a firewall software.

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 Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no trouble or, present no danger of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners just need to validate, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. The 2nd phase would only be activated if the Adjacent Owners had any concerns relating to the Structure Owners’ propositions or selected to disregard the Notice served by the Building Owners.
A disagreement would then be considered to have actually developed and, the framework supplied by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 makes it possible for a resolution so that the Building Owners might undertake works whilst providing defense to both parties. At the point of a “conflict” having actually arisen, both the Building Owners and the Adjoining Owners need to designate a Party Wall Property surveyor to proceed with resolving the conflict. This could be via different surveyor consultations or, by accepting a single surveyor, called the Agreed Property surveyor.
Prior to any disagreement arising, Building Owners and Adjacent Owners do not necessarily need the services of a Party Wall Surveyor. The Party Wall Company are often commissioned to offer recommendations on the Act and to serve the relevant Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are lawfully 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 Notice on any Adjoining Owner who may be affected by the Building Owners proposed works. There is no official template for a Notification. However, adequate information of the proposed works, legal names of all Owners, and when the proposed works will commence are all important to make sure the validity of the Notice.
The case of Lehmann vs Herman (1993) shows the value of serving a legitimate Notice. Mr and Mrs Lehmann and Mr and Mrs Herman owned adjoining homes. Mr Herman wished to fix the Party Fence Wall that divided the two gardens and served a Notice on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. Nevertheless, as Mr Herman only served the Notice in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann contradicted the Notice as being valid and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be considered Structure Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman should likewise be consisted of on the Notice. The dispute ended up in court and the judge agreed with the Lehmanns that the Notification was void.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a legally binding document between Building Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has been concurred by the selected property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. An Arrange of Condition survey of the Adjoining Owners residential or commercial property, although not a particular requirement of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, is popular and forms a reference document within the Award.

I Already Have Planning Consent And/ Or Structure Control Approval. Do I Still Need To Follow The Party Wall Act?

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 is an absolutely different piece of statute legislation to the Town and Country Preparation Act 1990 or the Building Act 1984. For that reason, 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 Local Authority approval or approval would eliminate the legal obligation 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 border and not becoming part of a building. For that reason, 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 deemed to be a Party Fence Wall, whether astride a border or not.

If the Adjoining Owners are pleased that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no trouble or, posture no threat of damage to their residential or commercial 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 “dispute” having actually arisen, both the Structure Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to designate a Party Wall Surveyor to proceed with resolving the conflict. The Party Wall Business are frequently commissioned to provide suggestions on the Act and to serve the appropriate Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are lawfully legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a legally binding document between Building Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has actually been concurred by the appointed 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 use to Party Fence Walls.

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