Party Wall Advice




Party Wall Advice:

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 makes provisions for dealing with works that are likely to affect a Party Wall (shared wall with neighbour).  The act has been extended to include excavations within a close proximity to neighbouring structures.  The act is intended to enable works to proceed reasonably and considerately.
The Act exists to protect both the building and adjoining owners and should be considered if any of the following works are being undertaken and if there are adjoining or neighbouring properties in close vicinity to the proposal:
•    Loft conversions
•    Extensions
•    Re-roofing
•    Underpinning
•    Injecting a damp proof course into a shared wall/tanking
•    Installing a concrete lintel, steel beam into a shared wall
•    Alterations and internal refurbishment to adjoining structures
If you or your neighbours are proposing any of the above works please contact us, free of charge, to discuss the Party wall Act and how it may affect you.  We have experience and expertise in a diverse range of Party Wall issues.
If you are carrying out building works, as highlighted above:
•    We can help identify exactly which neighbouring properties fall within the scope of the Party wall etc Act 1996
•    We can serve Party Wall Notices on your behalf
•    We can prepare and agree a Party Wall Award/Agreement
•    We will produce a Schedule of Condition of neighbouring properties to ensure you are not held responsible for pre-existing defects.
If your neighbour is carrying out building works, as highlighted above:
•    We will advise you of your rights under the Party Wall Act
•    Ensure measures have been taken to minimise the risk of damage to your property
•    Identify any damage to your property
•    Under the Act the building owner is usually required to pay the costs.
 

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