Party Wall Surveyors
The ‘Party Wall etc Act 1996’ applies to home owners undertaking building works on or astride the boundary between neighbouring properties.
What is a party wall?
In a semi-detached or terrace house there is a shared wall (or walls) with a neighbour - that is known as the party wall. It separates buildings belonging to different owners.
Where a wall separates two different size buildings, only the part that is used by both properties is considered to be a party wall. The rest belongs to the person on whose land it stands.
The type of work the Act covers:-
- work on an existing wall or structure shared with another property (section 2 of the Act)
- building a free standing wall or a wall of a building up to or astride the boundary with a neighbouring property (section 1 of the act)
- excavating near a neighbouring building (section 6 of the Act)