The Party Wall Act 1996 authorises renovations to party structures (usually walls but also floors), new walls at the boundary, and excavation near neighbouring homes.
Some examples of things covered by the Act:
Where work falls under the Act, a building owner must serve notice and get the affected adjoining owner's approval; if that permission is not forthcoming, the parties are deemed to be 'in dispute' under the Act and surveyors must be assigned so the dispute can be resolved by way of a Party Wall Arrangement (technically called a 'Honor').
If the two surveyors can't agree on an issue, they can refer to a third surveyor.
At Party Wall Solutions in Bridport, our 12 seasoned party wall surveyors, assistant surveyors, and party wall managers ensure everything runs smoothly.
Our network of Bridport offices covers the entire M25, so if you're planning work that falls under the Act or has received a notice of suggested works that may affect your house, please contact us for recommendations.
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A Party Wall divides two properties whose owners share responsibility for it. Our Party Wall Surveyors can advise you on property-related Party Wall issues in Bridport.
Usually, a Party Wall Surveyor is hired to help prepare and manage a Party Wall Award or Contract under the 1996 Party Wall Act.
Party Wall Solutions Surveyors in Bridport analyse the nature of the Party Wall and its placement in relation to both residential properties and provide objective advise for either party regarding architectural alterations or repairs in Bridport.
Our Party Wall Surveyors can help if you plan to:
Party Wall Notices have to be served for any type of work being carried out in connection to a Party Wall.
As independent, objective Surveyors, we manage Party Wall issues for building owners and adjacent owners.
Our Party Wall Surveyors are members of the Professors of Party Wall Surveyors.
We recommend building owners maintain a positive, open relationship with their neighbours before serving Party Wall Notices.
When do you need a party wall notice or arrangement? Our guide gives all the information you need to secure building permits. How to find a party wall surveyor if needed.
Using standard forms or a party wall surveyor, serving notice is free. Usually, a neighbour-appreciation note is provided.
A homeowner must give 2 months' written notice for building work affecting a party wall or boundary or 1 month for excavations.
Planning permission is not needed to serve a Party Wall notice, and the property owner has a year to start renovations.
A neighbour has 14 days to react to a notice, after which three outcomes are possible:
i) The neighbour gives written consent if the homeowner fixes difficulties.
ii) If the neighbour disagrees (or doesn't answer within 14 days, they're considered to disagree), a Party Wall Honor is required.
Both homeowner and neighbour can assign ONE Concurred Surveyor to act impartially for both within 10 days.
The agreed surveyor should be independent and NOT the homeowner's surveyor. Their neighbour won't consider the surveyor neutral otherwise.
The agreed surveyor develops a "Honor" that specifies the proposed works and a schedule of problems with the neighbour's residence.
A party wall honour and surveyor costs 1000.00.
iii)Each owner appoints a surveyor. The homeowner must pay for both their surveyor and their neighbour's.
All the neighbour's alternatives must be listed in the notice.
One construction activity may require many notices for each neighbour.
As soon as you have actually given notice your neighbour can:
Your neighbour must respond to your notice within 2 weeks, and you must do the same with any counter-notice. The first notice must be countered within a month.
The notice must be answered. No response does not mean consent.
If they don't react in time, the dispute resolution process will commence.
Building on a party wall costs money.
If faults or lack of repair need work, your neighbour may need to contribute. If they want extra work that benefits them, they must pay.