Are you proposing to undertake some work to your property which may affect your neighbours building? It need not be major work. The Party Wall Act 1996 is intended to prevent to provide a resolution if ‘unfortunately’ disputes arise in relation to party walls, party structures, boundary walls and the impact from any excavations near neighbouring buildings.
So before you start you need to give your neighbour a ‘party wall notice’ to achieve a ‘party wall agreement’ allowing your project to proceed. It is important for legal compliance and good neighbourly relationships that there is a understanding of the situation and the implications of the Act. It is essential that you follow the appropriate process, provide the relevant information which will require some preparation, to help your neighbours understand what is proposed and how it will be carried out. Hopefully by good preparation and a professional approach, looking to keep the process as simple and easy as possible. Not doing things correctly can create considerable issues which are totally avoidable.
The best approach is to consider the requirements under the Part Wall Act at an early stage; taking professional advice from a Chartered Surveyor reduces the risks and pressures. Hopefully, the serving the appropriate initial information and notice will enable an early agreement being reached with your neighbour and our surveyor can assist with your preparation. Unfortunately, things don’t always proceed smoothly, so it is reassuring to have a professional at your side. We work to aide your project and we work to maintain relationships with your neighbours too. If further action and advice is required our expert can reduce the hassle and any inconvenience, helping facilitate the proposed works to proceed. This process is in addition to any planning or Listed Building permission required or compliance with Building Regulations etc.
Peninsula Management’s friendly approach is professional and constructive. Why not call us if you plan work, so we can guide you forward enabling your works to progress?
Rupert Hambly MRICS MSc
DIRECTOR | CHARTERED SURVEYOR