The Party Wall etc. Act 1996

There are many technical and legal requirements relating to the condition and ownership of party walls. The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 has been introduced to replace the London Building Acts and now covers all buildings throughout England and Wales.

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 provides owners of buildings with various rights and obligations to other owners where certain work is to be undertaken to party walls; where there is to be an excavation close to a neighbour’s property or where there is a proposal to construct walls either on or astride the legal boundary between owners (where there exists no wall at all, or only a boundary wall wholly on one owner’s land and belonging solely to that owner).

In any of these instances Wilde Spooner Raleigh can advise on the actions that may need to be taken to comply with the Act, including the serving of appropriate Notices on the Adjoining Owner(s) and in the event of the Adjoining Owner(s) not consenting, to preparing and publishing an Award either in conjunction with the adjoining owner’s surveyor or independently, if appointed as “Agreed Surveyor”.