In England and Wales property owners must inform their neighbours whenever they carry out building work near or on shared property boundary. Friction and disputes can emerge even between the friendliest of neighbours when it comes to construction works involving a party structure.
The Party Wall Act was developed to assist in preventing such disputes between neighbours and it allows surveyors (called party wall surveyors) to help property owners to mediate these disputes without resorting to civil litigation, which often proves unnecessary, costly and stressing to those involved.
Party wall surveyors help owners obtain a written Party Wall Agreement (also called Party Wall Award) from their neighbours (also called adjoining owners), which sets out the rights and responsibilities of the homeowners initiating the building works, as well as the rights and responsibilities of the neighbours (the legal property owners, not tenants). This helps all stakeholders adequate legal protections before, during and after the building works.
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