Party Wall Matters
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 is a complex piece of legislation that places rights and duties on neighbours on both sides of a boundary where works on or close to the boundary are proposed.
Properly administered, the legislation is an effective tool to fairly and equitably deal with issues that arise. Anderton Gables are experts in the administration of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. Under the Party Wall legislation the person who initiates the work is referred to as the building owner. A building owner must consider the impact that planned works may have on any neighbours, and particularly if it is necessary to serve a notice or notices under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. Get these notices wrong and all that follows is invalid – this can prove very costly in terms of delays and legal expenses.
As well as works on the party wall itself, excavations to a certain depth within prescribed distances from neighbouring property will also require notification.
Anderton Gables can provide clear guidance and advice on the best ways to deal with works which are covered by the Act. We are then able to undertake the statutory appointment of party wall surveyor to ensure that the rights and duties of all parties are dealt with appropriately.
Under the Party Wall Act the neighbour is termed as the adjoining owner. If you have received notification for works under the Party Wall Act or are aware of works that you think might be notifiable, we are able to advise.
As the adjoining owner you are entitled to appoint a surveyor to protect your interest and in most circumstances you will not have to pay for the services of the surveyor. Where a formal Award is required, costs are usually borne by the building owner. Anderton Gables are experienced in handling a wide range of domestic and commercial party wall issues from those relating to domestic extensions to large new build commercial projects within city centres. One of the senior partners was at one time the specialist dedicated Neighbourly Matters Surveyor for a leading national building consultancy.