If you`re planning to undertake some construction work on your property, it is important to understand your legal obligations and requirements under the Party Wall Act. This act was introduced in 1996 and applies to all types of properties, whether residential or commercial.
What is a Party Wall Agreement?
A party wall agreement is a legal document that outlines the rights and obligations of property owners who share a wall or boundary. It is a requirement under the Party Wall Act that property owners notify their neighbours of any building work that may affect the shared structure.
It is important to note that party wall agreements are not just for the benefit of your neighbours; they also protect you as the property owner. These agreements set out the conditions under which building work can proceed, ensuring that any damage caused to the shared wall or boundary is repaired at the expense of the party responsible.
Types of Party Wall Agreements
There are three main types of party wall agreements:
1. Party Wall Notice
This is a simple notification sent to your neighbour(s) informing them of your plans to undertake building work that may affect the shared structure. This notice should be served at least two months prior to the commencement of the work.
2. Party Wall Agreement
This is a document that sets out the terms and conditions under which the building work can proceed. It should be signed by both parties and can include details such as the scope of work, the duration of the work, and who is responsible for any damage caused.
3. Party Wall Award
If your neighbour(s) does not agree to the proposed building work or if there is a dispute, a party wall surveyor may be appointed to make a party wall award. This award outlines the work that can be carried out and the conditions under which it should be done.
If you`re planning to undertake building work on your property that may affect a shared wall or boundary, it is important to comply with the Party Wall Act. Failure to do so can result in costly disputes and legal action, so it is always best to seek professional advice and ensure that all the necessary paperwork is in place.
Remember, party wall agreements are designed to protect both you and your neighbour(s), so it is in everyone`s best interest to adhere to the requirements of the act and avoid any potential disputes.