A party wall is a wall which either straddles a boundary or stands on one side of a boundary but is used by two or more owners on the other side of the boundary. Only the part of the wall being used by both properties is a party wall for the purposes of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 (“PWA 1996”). Anytime anybody wants to do works to their property which involves building or demolishing a party wall, or carrying out repairs to a party wall or structure, or excavating a site up to six metres from their neighbour’s building, must comply with the statutory framework set out in the PWA 1996.
We can help by:
- Advising as to the extent of which a client’s project falls within the scope of the PWA 1996 and providing timely advice about the potential consequences and liabilities a client may incur.
- Working alongside specialist surveyors in serving notice and counter-notice and managing the process in a ‘party wall award’.
- Liaising with the parties to manage the statutory framework and parties’ expectations in respect of the works.