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Written by our Senior Party Wall Surveyor and business owner Nigel Lassetter. In this guide Nigel will walk you through the processes you need to take when dealing with your own party wall disputes. It includes examples of Party Wall Notices and responses to give you an insight into what to expect when dealing with boundary issues
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Manor House Surveyors are fully qualified and chartered party wall surveyors. We are members of the Pyramus and Thisbe club, fellows of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors and fellows of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.
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We offer expert advice in all areas concerning the Party Wall Act 1996, boundary disputes & structural matters for those requiring building surveys.
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THE PARTY WALL ETC. ACT 1996
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 covers 3 types of work; the construction of a new structure on the boundary line, alterations to existing party structures (typically walls but may include floors) and excavations close to neighbouring properties.
Examples of work covered by the the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 includes;
- Building at the boundary line.
- Cutting beams into a party wall as part of a loft conversion
- Underpinning a Party Wall to facilitate a property development.
- Excavations within 3m or 6m of a neighbour’s property/shared structure.
- The removal of a chimney breast that is attached to a party wall.
For all works covered by the Act, the building owners must serve notice on the affected adjoining owners and obtain their consent. If consent is not obtained, a “dispute” has arisen under the Party Wall Act. Surveyors must then be appointed to resolve this dispute via a Party Wall agreement, also called a Party Wall Award.
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