Whether you are planning on building an extension, making structural alterations or carrying out repairs in close proximity to your neighbour’s property, you will need to consider if the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 applies.
We at Meadow Consultants can help advise if it applies to your personal situation. The aim of the Act is to provide a framework to protect both the building owner proposing to carry out works and the neighbouring property. It seeks to prevent disputes but also provides resolutions to any that may arise.
A WALL IS DEEMED TO BE A PARTY WALL IF:
it stands astride the boundary of land belonging to two (or more) different owners or;
it belongs totally to one owner, but is used by two (or more) owners to separate their buildings. Where one person has built the wall in the first place, and another has abutted their building up against it without constructing their own wall, only the part of the wall that does the separating is “party”. Sections on either side or above are not “party”
A wall is also a Party Wall, if it stands wholly on one owners land but is used by two (or more) owners to separate their buildings. An example would be where one person has built the wall in the first place, and the other has built their building up against it without constructing their own wall.
HAVE YOU BEEN SERVED A PARTY WALL NOTICE?
In such situations we can provide a comprehensive expert service designed to protect the rights, position and most importantly the property of home owners who receive notices under The Party Wall Act.
Unless you will benefit in some way from the proposed works to the party wall concerned, the Building Owner responsible for arranging the work will also be responsible for our costs. This means that if you choose to engage our services, whilst our duty is to ensure that the terms of The Party Wall Act are followed and that your position is properly protected, our costs will be the responsibility of the Building Owner who is instructing the building work which triggered the issue of the notice.