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GJ Guinan & Co

10 - Feb - 2015

G J Guinan & Co Chartered Surveyors Party Wall Act & Construction Consultancy

Party Walls and Boundaries

Party Walls & Boundaries

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 applies to certain types of works that are proposed to party walls, excavating within certain distances of neighbouring structures and to certain depths and, in certain circumstances, erecting a new structure adjacent to the boundary.

In principal, the Act is intended to facilitate the above works whilst giving a neighbouring owner the option of appointing a Surveyor to represent their interests.

Click here to view an explanatory booklet as published by the Government.

We have been administering procedures under the Party Wall Act since its inception and under the preceding legislation, the London Building Acts (Amendment) Act, 1939 as was only applicable to inner London.

We can advise on:-

  • Notice Requirements
  • What to do in response to a Notice that you receive
  • Rights and obligations under the Act
  • Rights and restrictions regarding access
  • Building close to the edge
  • Schedules of Condition

Boundary queries that may arise are best resolved by means of friendly negotiation. This is because it is often not possible to ascertain the precise position of a particular boundary given that most boundaries in the UK are not fixed, but are covered by the General Boundaries rule section 60 of the Land Registration Act 2002.

We can assist with boundary negotiations and boundary demarcation.

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