The Party Wall etc Act 1996

What is The Party Wall etc Act 1996?

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 came into force on 1 July 1997 and applies throughout England and Wales.

The purpose of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 is to provide a statutory framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings.

Anyone intending to carry out building works (anywhere in England and Wales) of the kinds described in the Act must give any Adjoining Owners notice of their intentions.

In terms of building works, the Act provides protection to both the owner that is undertaking works and neighbours (adjoining owners) in the event of damage.

Who does this involve?

Neighbours that either share ownership or land of a party wall or are within 3 meters of new excavations are referred to as ‘adjoining owners’. If you own a terrace property you will have at least 2 ‘adjoining owners’, and if you own a semi detached property you will have at least 1 ‘adjoining owner’.

What do you need to do?

2 months prior to starting any building works that affect your party wall, a Party Wall Notice needs to be served to all adjoining owners. The notice simply states that within your rights under permitted development or under granted planning permission, you intend to carry out the works stated. On behalf of the TLC group, we are more than happy to converse or meet with neighbours to explain the building works and how they are affected.

Although you have the rights to do the works, your neighbour also has the rights to request a party wall surveyor which they can appoint themselves.

TLC can provide you with a basic but adequate Party Wall Notice template that can be used to serve notice to adjoining owners.

Party Wall Surveyor

Should your neighbour request for a party wall surveyor, you are liable to do this and also for the fees associated. If your neighbour has not appointed one personally, TLC will happily recommend a Party Wall Surveyor. A Party Wall Surveyor will typically converse with all involved and identify the issues or concerns. They may also undertake a condition report of adjoining properties so that in the event of damage caused to, it can be easily identified and the liable party can be informed and repair damages.

Party Wall Act 1996 Party Wall properties

For more information call TLC Party Wall Surveyors on 0208 361 7458

Call us: 0752 504 1120 or 0208 361 7458 (office)
TLC Party Wall Surveyors
33 East Barnet Road
New Barnet
Company number 10266155

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