Party Wall Matters
Party Wall Matters are governed by the Party Wall, etc. Act 1996. This sets out the procedures for working on party structures, working adjacent to boundaries and buildings on and near near boundaries. The Act defines those who propose to undertake work as Building Owners and those affected (under the provisions of the Act) as Adjoining Owners. Building Owners should seek professional advice before undertaking any works that may fall within the provisions of the Act and before 'serving notice' on Adjoining Owners to advise those works. Adjoining Owners should take advice too, ideally when it becomes known that works are to be undertaken and certainly when notice is received and before they 'acknowledge' receipt.
The process thereafter is intended to facilitate Building Owners undertaking their legitimate work within agreed parameters whilst protecting the rights of Adjoining Owners and assisting them to avoid frustrating the process, intentionally or unintentionally.
The conclusion of the necessary discussions that take place prior to works commencing is settled in an Award, agreed by both or all parties. This is a statutory document, enforceable in the Court. Settlement of Awards will hopefully prevent expensive disputes.