A party wall could also include garden walls built along a border – this is called the party`s fence wall. If you receive a message from a neighbor that they intend to start working on a party wall, several options are open to you, but it depends on the type of work. If the adjacent owners object to the works (or if no response has been received and there has been disagreement), there has been a dispute that must be resolved in accord with the requirements of Section 10 of the Act. It is to repeat that the law is a permit, it is not there to prevent the execution of the work, and it offers a way to end disputes at every step. In the absence of a written agreement, the law provides that both parties designate a “consensual surveyor” who acts impartially or that each owner appoints a surveyor who will in turn appoint a third evaluator. The evaluators then cooperate to agree on the conditions under which the work can continue. The engineer will analyze the structural plans, notices and details of the work and, after reviewing the impact of the work, develop an agreement defining the conditions for carrying out the work (price). The first way to proceed is to discuss your party plans with your neighbors before sending one of them to one of them. The Party Wall Act of 1996 applies to homes in England and Wales and was designed to prevent construction work that could adversely affect the structural integrity of any common wall (party wall) or adjacent land. The Party Wall Act can be used to end disputes between neighbours and help them resolve them if they occur.
Neighbours generally agree to access for certain reasons, but an agreement is not always imminent, so it may be necessary to obtain an application to obtain a court order in the regional court so that access can be guaranteed to you. A party wall message should be sent to your neighbours to inform them of the work you intend to do on the party wall, between two months and a year before the work begins. There are different categories of indication, depending on where the wall is located, as follows: If you live in a semi-detached house or a semi-detached house, share a wall with your neighbor – the party wall. Any loft extension or conversion that concerns this wall requires communication from the party president and could therefore require a cooperation agreement. You must also provide a notification if you propose to dig within 3 meters of a nearby building or to complete construction work on the party wall, for example to remove a chimney. The operation of the law is always triggered by the issuance of notices. This is the first phase of the process, and no further action can be taken under the law without valid notice. You can reduce your costs by ensuring that all relevant information is available from the outset, that notices are sent in a timely manner, and by trying to agree with your neighbours to use a party surveyor as a “consensus surveyor.”