The Party Wall etc Act 1996 came into effect from 1st July 1997.
The purpose of the Act is to enable building owners to carry out work on or close to the boundary line of their property, whilst at the same time protecting the interest of neighbours who may be affected by the work.
Neighbours now have the right to be consulted and to be professionally represented before the building work is carried out close to their property and building owners now have extended rights to carry out work on or near the boundary, which they could not previously do without the express consent of their neighbour.
The Act states that certain types of building works can be undertaken only if a series of procedures, in the form of Notices, have been served by the building owner (who is undertaking the works) on the adjoining owner (the neighbour).
It is standard practice for any fees incurred, to be met by the building owner.
We are able to advise both the building owner and adjoining owner on aspects of the Act with which they must conform with and serve the appropriate Notices, prior to any works being undertaken.