Party Wall Matters
Party Wall Matters are governed by the Party Wall, etc. Act 1996. This lays down the procedures for working on party structures, working adjacent to boundaries and buildings 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 advice before 'serving notice' on affected Adjoining Owners that they propose to undertake work. Adjoining Owners should take advice too when notice is received and before they 'acknowledge'.
The process thereafter is intended to facilitate Building Owners undertaking their legitimate work within agreed parameters whilst protecting 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.