Although the Party Wall
Act is described as an "enabling" Act, it is important for those arranging the building works to serve the necessary Party Wall
Notice(s) on the adjoining owners at the correct time.
The Party Wall
etc Act 1996 governs building work involving these, plus new boundary walls and some excavations close to neighbouring buildings.
The client only learned the extent of the party wall
during the demolition of the building.
To increase the height or thickness of a party wall
Adjoining owners can enter into a Party Wall
Agreement which will deal with any issues arising during the course of the construction, and with regard to ongoing future maintenance issues.
Our Green Doc, Professor Paul Younger replies: "First, pat yourself on the back because they have two party walls
shared with neighbours.
Put electrical appliances such as washers away from party walls
and on a mat or carpet.
It consists of plasterboard sheets designed to fix to your existing party walls
to provide sound insulation from exterior and adjacent noise, from pounds 25.
Services include building and land surveys, defect diagnosis, project management, consultancy on work to historic buildings, listed and planning consents and legal advice on dilapidations, party walls
, boundary disputes and expert witness duties.
As a result, all property owners need to be aware of the extent of their 'jurisdiction' and understand the common errors and misunderstandings which can land them in hot water - including planning constraints, issues around party walls
and boundaries and noise.
The whole process of dealing with shared boundaries and party walls
is about good communication between the two parties, with legal intervention only as a last resort.
The damage people have suffered ranges from having water cascading into their property from next door, to pierced pipes to party walls