Party Wall Matters
The Party Wall etc Act 1996 seeks to protect properties which may be affected by construction work being carried out on an adjacent or adjoining property. The act also seeks to avoid litigation taking place by providing a framework for condition surveys to be completed on properties prior to work taking place. The Act can also help govern when and how the work will take place to avoid disputes.
If you are intending to carry out building works that might affect a party wall, such as installing a steel beam or removing a chimney breast, then the Act will probably affect you and you will need to serve the appropriate notices on your next door neighbour. You may also have to serve notice on your neighbour if you intend to build up to, or close to the line of junction between your respective properties, or if you intend to excavate for foundations to a lower level than your neighbour’s.
If you intend to carry out work of this nature it is crucial that you notify your neighbours in the correct way. Notices served incorrectly, often by householders, can lead to the works being delayed. Contact us for more information about how we can assist.
If you have recently received notification from your neighbours that they intend to carry out building work which involves the Party Wall etc Act 1996, you will want assurance that the works will not adversely affect the structure of your building. From the date the notices are served, you only have 14 days to consider the proposed works and reply to your neighbours. If you have concerns, you can appoint your own surveyor if you wish. Under the Act, professional fees in relation to appointing your own surveyor are normally paid by the person who served the notice and carrying out the building work.
As an experienced Party Wall surveyor, I am able to provide expert advice to both building owners and adjoining owners regarding their rights and responsibilities relating to complying with the Party Wall etc Act 1996.
If you would like to discuss how we can help, please do not hesitate to contact me.