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Party Walls Oxfordshire

If you’re doing building work in Oxfordshire that may affect a party wall, it’s best to seek advice on how to proceed with your plans as soon as possible.

Our surveyors at Oakfield Chartered Surveyors based in Henley-on-Thames can offer their professional services as party wall surveyors to help ensure that all work is carried out safely, fairly and under the legal guidance of the act.

Here is everything you need to know about party walls in Oxford and Oxfordshire, including who is responsible for them, what happens during a dispute, and how our surveyors can help you during the legal process.

What is a party wall?

A party wall is a wall shared by two properties, usually made of brick, blocks or concrete.

The wall separates two adjoining neighbours and is put in place to protect the interests of both owners when building work is being carried out on either residential property or commercial property.

However, party walls must be agreed upon by both individuals and written consent must be given to avoid legal disputes.

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Who is responsible for the maintenance of a party wall?

Party walls are important structures and need to be maintained and taken care of to ensure the safety of all individuals on the property.

Therefore, both households on either side of the party wall are responsible for its upkeep as well as any repairs that may need to happen.

What is a party wall infringement?

Since party walls are shared by two adjoining neighbours, joint consent must be received before any work can go ahead that impacts the party wall.

Any infringement of the rules surrounding the construction of a party wall can lead to serious legal consequences, including being liable for damages to neighbouring land.

Party Wall Services in Oxfordshire

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.
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Party wall legislation and procedure

If you build an extension to your property without getting consent (and it impacts the party wall), you will be liable for compensation if your neighbours suffer any loss or damage as a result.

This can include the cost of rebuilding the affected part of their home. Therefore, it’s strongly recommended that when you’re building an extension, you get a party wall agreement put in place.

This will not only help protect both parties but could also ensure there is no dispute later on.

To ensure you have maximum protection and receive expert advice, it’s a good idea to hire one of our building surveyors early on – they can help make sure you are following the correct guidelines.

The Party Wall Act 1996

The Party Wall ect Act 1996 is a complex area of law, however, it’s important to understand how it works and what your rights are when it comes to party walls.

The main aim of the Party Wall Act is to determine whether an adjoining owner is allowed, by law, to carry out certain works at their own expense that may affect their neighbour’s property.

If the homeowner wishes to carry out such works, they must notify the neighbour prior to carrying out any works.

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Since the introduction of the Party Wall Act, the number of disputes between neighbours over building work on adjoining walls has decreased dramatically.

However, this is not to say that all parties will be able to resolve their differences without legal intervention.

Get support from party wall surveyors in Oxford

At Oakfield Chartered Surveyors, our professionals can act as party wall surveyors, playing the role of an independent third party who works as a mediator between the two households involved in a building dispute.

The party wall surveyor will talk with both parties and try to resolve any disagreements, before putting a party wall award in place to cover such disputes. The works can then proceed.

Party wall boundary disputes

A party wall dispute tends to occur when a neighbour either declines access to the party wall or fails to respond to the initial request.

Since party walls divide two properties, meaning they are most likely shared by two homeowners, both individuals must agree on the work being done before it can go ahead, which can require legal intervention.

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Oxfordshire 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.

Free legal advice on party walls

During a party wall dispute, our chartered surveyors will be appointed to each homeowner to help them resolve any dispute so the works can proceed.

This occurs in the form of a document known as the Award, which puts in writing all work that will be carried out as well as the level of compensation for any damage caused by construction.

For more advice on party walls or help finding an expert chartered surveyor who can settle a dispute, contact our professional team of Chartered Surveyors Based in Henley-on-Thames. construction-related matters
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