Party Wall Matters

 

Rennie & Partners offers advice on all Party Wall Matters and have extensive experience in acting for both Building Owners and Adjoining Owners, including acting as an “Agreed Surveyor” on behalf of both parties.

 

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 applies throughout England and Wales, providing a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. It is based upon some tried and tested party wall provisions of the London Building Acts, which applied in inner London for many decades before the Act came into force.

 

Building work which involves:

 

  • Work on an existing wall shared with another property; or

  • Building on the boundary with a neighbouring property; or

  • Excavating near a neighbouring building may be covered by the Act.

 

If any of the above apply, you must notify the Adjoining Owners (which includes freeholders and leaseholders) whose property will be affected, and Party Wall Awards may be required. Failure to comply with the provisions of the Act might delay or halt works on a site resulting in disputes between neighbours, additional costs and possible civil liability for any losses suffered by the Adjoining Owner.

 

When acting for Building Owners, Rennie & Partners advise if the proposed works are notifiable under the Act and will ensure the correct Notices are issued, Schedules of Condition prepared and Party Wall Awards published.

 

When acting for Adjoining Owners (those served with a notice by their neighbour), Rennie & Partners ensure the Building Owner/s complies with the Act and that the works do not have a detrimental structural effect on your property and/or land.

 

It is Rennie & Partners philosophy to keep Party Wall matters as simple as possible whilst safeguarding owners interests, in order to prevent unnecessary disputes between neighbouring owners.

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