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Party Walls Hertfordshire

Our building surveyors offer a range of services to support you with any property-related matters, including party wall disputes.

Here is everything you need to know about party wall matters and how our surveyors can assist you in ensuring a carefree construction process for all parties.

What is a party wall?

A party wall is typically defined as a wall that is shared by two properties – these may be adjoining buildings or separate buildings on the same plot of land.

In some cases, there may not be an actual wall but a fence or hedge that is separating two buildings with no physical boundary between them.

It’s important to know whether your property is subject to a party wall agreement and if so, how best to manage it when carrying out work on your property in Hertfordshire.

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What comes under a party wall agreement?

If you’re undertaking renovations in Hertfordshire, it’s best to get advice on what work might come under a party wall agreement. This tends to include:

  • Building a new structure or wall on or at the boundary
  • Carrying out work to a party structure or wall
  • Changing a party wall e.g. making it taller, shorter or deeper
  • Knocking down and rebuilding a party wall
  • Removing chimney breasts from a party wall
  • Digging below the foundation level of a neighbour’s property.
  • Our surveyors at Oakfield Chartered Surveyors can offer expert knowledge and professional services to help make sure that all work is carried out safely, legally and without any serious disputes.

Party Wall Services in Hertfordshire

We are one of the leading Chartered Surveyors covering London, Buckinghamshire, Marlow and Oxfordshire and regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality building surveys.
Contact us to discuss your requirements further.

What is the Party Wall Act?

The Party Wall Act is legislation that protects the interests of both neighbours when one or both are carrying out building work on their properties.

The act regulates the way in which excavations affecting adjoining buildings can be carried out safely, but also provides a mechanism for dealing with any disputes that may arise between individuals as a result.

By providing protection to both parties involved in the project, the Party Wall Act ensures that neither party can make changes without the agreement of the other.

Undertaking building work in Hertfordshire?

If you’re starting building work on your property in Hertfordshire that may impact the party wall, you must give notice to your neighbour advising them about how long it will take and what type of construction you are planning to do.

Failure to comply with this guidance could result in legal action being taken against you, especially if your neighbour feels they have been affected by unreasonable disruption or damage as a result of your actions.

Our party wall surveyors

Here at Oakfield Chartered Surveyors, Rickmansworth, we have qualified professionals who can act as independent experts when there is a dispute over a party wall.

Our party wall surveyors can be appointed by homeowners or building contractors to ensure that no damage occurs to either property while work is being done.

However, our party wall surveyors can also help neighbours who are concerned about building work, making sure that the work being done is safe, acceptable and complies with all relevant building regulations.

Our team will intervene and help resolve any disputes that occur regarding issues with boundary walls during the demolition or refurbishment process.

Communicating with your neighbours

A party wall agreement, which is the best way of dividing up sections of a property this is shared by two neighbours, will usually detail what work can be done and when.

So, before you start any building work, you need to make sure that your neighbour’s permission has been obtained and that they have granted a right of entry.

However, this is easier said than done and in some cases, your neighbour may not always agree to allow access, leading to a party wall dispute.

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Hertfordshire Party Walls

We are one of the leading Chartered Surveyors covering London, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality building surveys.
Contact us to discuss your requirements further.

What happens during a party wall dispute?

During a party wall dispute, each neighbour can appoint one of our party wall surveyors to help them come to an agreement through a legally binding document.

This is known as the Award, which lays out all information regarding the work being done, including the timings and the level of compensation that will be paid as a result of any damage caused.

Making objections under the Party Wall Act

Homeowners and contractors that are carrying out renovations involving party walls must give the adjacent property owner two months’ notice of their plans in writing, but this doesn’t mean that neighbours won’t object to the plans.

How soon can an objection be made?

Neighbours can make an objection to renovations involving their party wall within 14 days of receiving a notification.

What happens if neighbours are happy with the plans?

If all property owners involved are happy for the plans to go ahead, they can agree to the proposal, in writing, within 14 days. In most cases, neighbours will agree to the plans if suitable provisions have been put in place.

Still need advice on party wall matters in Hertfordshire?

If you’re going to be changing a party wall in Hertfordshire, you must follow the guidelines above, gaining permission from a neighbour before any work starts.

To do this, a written notice should be given to all adjoining owners outlining what works are proposed, details of when and where they will take place, and whether there will be any disturbance in terms of noise or damage.

For more advice or help resolving disputes regarding a party wall, contact our team of Chartered Surveyors based in our Rickmansworth office.

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