Batty France has performed Building Owner and Adjoining Owner Party Wall Surveyor functions for the past 10 years.
Enabled by the Party Wall Act etc,… Act 1996, the Party Wall Surveyor specialises in resolving disputes thereunder.
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 grants the owner of a property the legal right to undertake works that might otherwise constitute a trespass or nuisance. It also seeks to protect the interests of adjoining owners from adverse effects that such works might have by imposing a requirement that all adjoining owners be given prior notice of them.
A notice must be served where the owner of a property (the building owner) intends to undertake any construction work described in Sections 1, 2 and 6 of the Act.
Section 1: Applies where it is proposed to erect a new wall at a boundary that is not already built on.
Section 2: Applies to existing party structures, which include party walls, floors and partitions (that separate buildings or parts of buildings), party fence walls (essentially a boundary wall between lands in separate ownership which is built astride a boundary) and, in some instances, a neighbour’s independent property.
Section 6: Applies to excavations up to 6 metres away from a building or structure on neighbouring land, subject to depth criteria which the Act sets out.
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