A Party Wall is a structure that straddles the boundary between two properties. This can be both vertical as in a typical semi-detached property or horizontal as in the floor of a first floor flat.
The Party Wall Etc Act 1996 makes provision for dealing with works that are or may be considered likely to affect or impact shared walls or structures or affect works to the boundary or below the ground in close proximity of any existing structures. The Party Wall Etc Act 1996 was extended from the original London Act and is designed to protect both the building and adjoining owners from potential damages or difficulties that may otherwise arise from the proposed works.
There is a legal requirement to serve notice to adjoining occupiers, leaseholders and freeholders of a property or within certain distance from the property being developed.
It should be noted that if Notices do not contain all of the necessary information, or are not properly served, they will be invalid.
We provide fully qualified and experienced Party Wall Surveyors who work in accordance with The Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors, to help in party wall disputes.
We are able to offer full Party Wall services and are happy to give free and impartial advice with respect to any proposed building works that you or your neighbour may be considering.
We cover every aspect necessary to advise upon and resolve Party Wall issues.
Most importantly we are dedicated to resolving problems between neighbours rather than profiting from a dispute.
An important point to remember is that once a surveyor is appointed under the Act they have a duty to act in an entirely impartial manner. Our goal is to have an equitable outcome for all.
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