The Party Wall Act came into force in September 1997 and not only superseded the London Building Acts (Amendment) Act 1939 but extended the area that it covered to the whole of England and Wales.
It generally relates to works and alterations to party structures (e.g. a party wall/floor), the construction of walls near boundaries and excavations within three/six metres of a party structure or a neighbour's building.
Its purpose is to protect the interests of the Adjoining Owner (the neighbour) and to grant additional rights to the Building Owner (the person wishing to carry out building works) in order to assist them in their construction work.
We can advise you on whether the Party Wall Act applies to the proposed works on the property, issue the necessary Notices and agree the Party Wall Award with the Adjoining Owners’ surveyor, detailing the agreed provisions if a dispute has occurred under the meaning of the Act.
Party Wall disputes can be stressful and we would advise that you seek advice at the earliest possible date. Once the process has started there are strict time limits governing the procedure and you may end up feeling that you have no control, especially if it is your neighbour who has served notice of a proposal on you.
It is often a requirement for a Schedule of Condition Report to be undertaken to the affected parts of the Adjoining Owner's property. This provides a useful record of the condition of the property before commencement of the works.
Our Party Wall Surveyor is a Member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.
Further information regarding the Party Wall etc. Act can be downloaded from the following Links:
If you require any Party Wall advice or would like to appoint us as the Building Owner’s surveyor or Adjoining Owner’s surveyor then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org