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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 etc.

In simplistic terms, the Party Wall etc. If the Adjacent Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no trouble or, pose no threat of damage to their residential or commercial property, the Adjoining Owners just need to confirm, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. The second stage would just be triggered if the Adjoining Owners had any concerns relating to the Structure Owners’ propositions or chose to disregard the Notice served by the Structure Owners.
A disagreement would then be deemed to have emerged and, the framework provided by the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “dispute” having actually occurred, both the Building Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to designate a Party Wall Property surveyor to continue with solving the dispute.
Prior to any disagreement developing, Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners do not always need the services of a Party Wall Property Surveyor. The Party Wall Company are frequently commissioned to offer recommendations on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are legally legitimate.

What is a Party Wall Notification?

Structure Owners preparing to carry out any of the works defined within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 have a legal responsibility to serve written Notice on any Adjacent Owner who may be impacted by the Structure Owners proposed works. There is no main template for a Notice. Nevertheless, sufficient detail of the proposed works, legal names of all Owners, and when the proposed works will start are all critical to guarantee the credibility of the Notification.
Mr Herman wanted to fix 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 refused to accept the Notice as being legitimate and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be related to as Structure Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman ought to also be included on the Notification.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a legally binding file between Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has actually been agreed by the designated surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. An Arrange 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 referral file within the Award.

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

The Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 is a completely different piece of statute legislation to the Town and Country Preparation Act 1990 or the Building Act 1984. Therefore, 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 authorization or approval would get rid of 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 solid structure that sits astride a limit and not being 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. Timber fencing, precast concrete posts with infill panel fencing, etc would not be deemed to be a Party Fence Wall, whether astride a limit or not.

If the Adjacent Owners are satisfied that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no hassle or, position no threat of damage to their residential or commercial property, the Adjoining Owners only require to validate, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. At the point of a “conflict” having emerged, both the Building Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to proceed with resolving the conflict. The Party Wall Company are frequently commissioned to supply recommendations on the Act and to serve the appropriate Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are legally legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a legally binding file between Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has been concurred by the selected property 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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