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Party Wall Matters
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 regulates construction work on or in close proximity to the boundary between adjoining properties. The Act provides a procedural framework to facilitate construction works and protect adjacent structures. As party wall specialists, MSA can offer all the assistance and advice needed to ensure that the procedures of the Act are properly dealt with in a timely and effective manner, whether acting as the appointed surveyor for the building owner, the adjoining owner or as an agreed surveyor. Please click here to view THE PARTY WALL etc. ACT 1996: EXPLANATORY BOOKLET (PDF file will open in new window).

In simplistic terms a party wall matter normally commences when a building owner serves Notice on an adjoining owner of his/her intention to carry out notifiable works, as defined in the Act. On the receipt of a valid Notice an adjoining owner has the right to consent or dissent to the Notice within the specified acknowledgement periods. If the adjoining owner consents to the notice the building owner is entitled to commence works at the expiration of the notice period. Alternatively an adjoining owner may dissent to the Notice and where this occurs a dispute (for the purposes of the Act) will have arisen.

Where a dispute arises or is deemed to have arisen the parties shall either concur in the appointment of one surveyor (an Agreed Surveyor) or each appoint their own surveyor. The primary role of the appointed Surveyor(s) is to draft and serve a legally binding document on the respective parties called a Party Wall Award. This document sets out the rights and duties of the parties involved.

For further information on the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 please do not hesitate to contact MSA who will be happy to explain the procedures in more detail.