The Party Wall etc Act 1996 came into force in England and Wales to permit building owners to carry out certain works, whilst at the same time protecting the interests of neighbouring owners who might be affected by that work.
Protecting the Interests of Neighbouring Owners
The Act is designed to avoid or minimise disputes by making sure property owners notify their neighbours in advance of certain proposed works. The Act requires that where the adjoining owner does not ‘agree’ in writing to the works a surveyor or surveyors will determine the time and way in which those works are carried out.
What JDB Chartered Surveyors Offer
- Initial meeting to review the project and determine if the Act applies to the proposed works.
- Advise on the legal implications of the proposed works as well as Party Wall procedures to be followed through to completion of the proposed works.