Under the Party Wall Act 1996, property owner carrying out work that may affect a wall or floor shared with a neighbour must serve notice of this before building work is undertaken.
The Act requires that notice is served for a range of work, including; underpinning, changing the height of the wall, cutting holes or chases, cutting away overhanging projections and putting in a damp course. The Act also governs excavation work that is carried out within the close proximity of neighbouring buildings.
TFT has experience in acting for developing owners who need to serve notices to neighbours as well as adjoining owners who have been served notices.
Services for developing occupiers
Early advice can save time and money for any project involving Party Wall issues. By employing us as part of the project team at the inception or feasibility stage, clients avoid paying for unworkable designs that do not fully refer to, or understand adjacent buildings or structures, and avoid any potential delays to the contract programme.
This engagement can be by way of an initial appraisal of the scheme design or by on site appraisal. Once the design and its implications have been finalised, we can prepare and serve the necessary Notices, prepare and agree Party Wall Awards and take any necessary Schedules of Condition.
Services for adjoining occupiers
If you are an adjoining owner, we can review and consider any Notices that you receive and assess the project proposals and the potential impact on your property and any occupiers. We will also negotiate and agree any Schedules of Condition on your behalf, negotiate the terms of Party Wall Awards and ensure that the project works do not deviate from the agreed proposals.