The Party Wall etc Act 1996 applies to works to an existing wall or structure shared with another property, construction of a freestanding wall or a wall of a building up to or astride a boundary or excavations close to a neighbouring building or structure.
Where it is proposed to carry out such works it is a statutory requirement that notice be served on the neighbouring owner. Unless both sides agree that the works may proceed, party wall surveyors will need to be appointed.
Please see our presentation ‘Party Wall Essentials’ for further information on when the Act applies and the steps that must be taken to comply with its statutory requirements.
tmd has six surveyors who are active members of the Pyramus & Thisbe Club, a learned society dedicated to promoting best practice in dealing with party wall matters.
Acting for building owners, they will appraise proposals and prepare and serve the notices necessary under the Act. They also advise adjoining owners in respect of their rights and responsibilities in respect of proposed works.
Three of our surveyors regularly act as ‘named surveyors’ appointed under statute to settle party wall disputes arising between owners.
Projects range from residential developments involving the construction of new domestic buildings and extensions (including deep basements) to major commercial developments and works affecting buildings of significant historical interest.