We all know that Party Wall Procedures may be confusing in
some certain circumstances, it may happen that the non-professionals may face
ambiguity in making decisions.
So, here we go…
We will be looking at 5 most useful Party Wall Tips for an adjoining owner to
follow before, during and after the Party Wall Procedures.
Hopefully, these Party Wall Tips will help you avoid some of
the common and reoccurring mistakes that we often see during the Party Wall
process and ensure that you can minimise the issues associated with
Party Wall Tip (1):
“Speak to your Party
Wall Surveyor as soon as you find out that your neighbour is planning on
undertaking Party Wall works.”
This will not only ensure that you understand how the Party Wall etc Act 1996 applies to your neighbour’s
works but will also dispel any myths or misunderstandings that you may have
about the Party Wall Act.
More often than not confusions about the Part Wall Act result from owners
reading the information that is outdated or interpreted incorrectly.
An experienced Party Wall Surveyor should be able to clarify any confusions you
Party Wall Tip (2):
“Get a second
It is always a good idea to get a second opinion, the Party Wall
etc Act 1996 like many Acts is subject to interpretation and case law.
This can often be interpreted in different ways by different surveyors, getting
a second opinion will ensure that you are fully informed of all the facts.
Party Wall Tip (3):
“Don’t assume the
Building Owner will serve the Party Wall Notice!”
This is one of the most common reoccurring problems we see,
although the service of a Party Wall Notice is a
legal requirement, more often than not the building owner starts works without
having followed the correct Party Wall procedures.
Unfortunately, this leaves the adjoining owner short of options, but more
importantly, means their property could be at risk of damage.
If you know your neighbour is planning to undertake construction work to their
property, you should speak to them, or a party wall surveyor at the first
instance to ensure they are well aware of their Party Wall responsibilities.
Party Wall Tip (4):
building owner’s proposed work with the building owner in advance of the works
This will ensure that the adjoining owner is fully informed of
Discussing the work can also lead to revised plans that are of mutual benefit,
for example, we had a job recently whereby the building owner was planning to
build a single-storey rear extension with the flank wall being wholly on his
After the adjoining owner and he discussed the work, it was agreed that the
wall would be built astride the line of junction, thereby being a Party Wall.
This revision meant that in the future the adjoining owner could enclose upon
the wall in order to construct their own extension, this meant that the costs
of the wall were not only shared but also meant that both owners would have
Party Wall Tip (5):
“Get in touch
with the Party Wall Surveyor as soon as there is an issue on site”
If you notice an issue with the building owner’s Party Wall
works during the course of the construction, get in touch with the Party Wall
Surveyor at the first instance.
Party Wall Surveyors are
on board to deal with all issues from minor to major, irrespective of how small
the issue seems it could have larger consequences as the Party Wall Works
Being a Party Wall Surveyors, they
encourage property owners to get in touch with them and ensure that there are
no unnecessary surprises further down the line and can often also avoid a
dispute between the owners.
If you are planning on undertaking Party Wall
works, or have a neighbour that is planning on undertaking construction work
get in touch with Party Wall Experts who will be happy to discuss the Party
Wall etc Act 1996 as well as the requirements.