Three Common Renovation Works That Affect Party Walls

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Common Party Wall Works

If you’re considering renovation works to or near a Party Wall, you’ll need to check whether these proposed works full under the parameters of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. The Act provides a framework in relation to Party Wall matters in England and Wales and guidance in preventing or resolving disputes in relation to party walls, party structures, boundary walls and excavations within close proximity to neighbouring buildings.

What is a Party Wall?

A Party Wall is a wall dividing two adjoining properties and stands astride both. Examples include the walls separating terraced or semi-detached houses.  A party wall may so include a garden wall, known as a Party Fence Wall.

When do I need to inform my neighbour?

A number of proposed building works will ‘trigger’ the Party Wall Act and therefore required the property owner carrying out the works to notify their neighbours by way of a Party Wall Notice, these works include but are not limited to the following:,

  • New Party Walls

Building a new Party Wall, such as an extension where a flank wall is erected astride the boundary line.

  • Carrying out works on an existing Party Wall or structure

Works affecting an existing Party Wall are also common. These may include raising the height of a Party Wall or removing chimney breasts. In flats and apartment blocks, building works to the floor/ceiling of two flats, may also fall under the Party Wall Act.

  • Excavations

A Party Wall Notice must also be served if the proposed works include excavation to a lower depth of a neighbour’s foundation which are located within three metres of their property. Under some circumstances, you may need to serve notice if the works are located within a six-metre radius of the neighbouring property. You will need to consult a Party Wall surveyor to ascertain whether notice should be served.

Why Choose an RICS surveyor?

Choosing an RICS surveyor is the best way to ensure you have access to expert knowledge and practical guidance when building, excavating, or making changes to a Party Wall. RICS surveyors, can help highlight any potential issues with the proposed work, and can assist with resolving a Party Wall dispute, should one arise.

Free Party Wall Advice in North London

Our experienced RICS surveyors in North Finchley are experts in all things related to party walls, providing a range of services from schedules of conditions and Party Wall Act guidance to Party Wall Agreements and Notices. If you intend to carry out work on a Party Wall or have become involved in a dispute, get in touch with our Chartered Party Wall Surveyors in North London for a FREE consultation.

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