1996 Party Wall

Specialist Party Wall Surveyors 

Housing Associations - Adjoining Owners or Building Owners. We're on your side.

Any organisations which is involved in looking after property portfolio of any size needs to know about - Party Wall etc. Act 1996 - "The Act". Housing Associations dealing with property portfolios of any sizes need to be aware of "The Act". We're here to assist and provide expert advice on this import aspect of property law.

There are two sides to The Act: -

1) Building Owners and

2) Adjoining Owners 

Housing Associations as Building Owners:

Housing Associations planning to undertake development works should look at our Housing Association - Building Owners section.

Housing Associations as Adjoining Owners:

Housing Associations managing portfolios of any sizes are usually affected by The Adjoining Owners part of The Act. Read on to find out and discover more.

Most import point to understanding as An Adjoining Owner you are entitled to Appoint your own Party Wall Surveyor and usually free to the Adjoining Owner.   

IMPORTANT POINT !!! - Understand the costs of An Adjoining Owner Party Wall Surveyor are paid by The Building Owner in the most cases..  

IMPORTANT POINT !!! - If you've received a Party Wall Notice you need to reply quickly as there strict time Limits in which to reply.

IMPORTANT POINT !!! - You must reply to any Party Wall Notice within 14 days.

IMPORTANT POINT !!! - After 14 Days Building Owner may send a Letter giving you Ten days appoint a Surveyor otherwise they may appoint One on your behalf.

IMPORTANT POINT !!! - Once Surveyor is appointed they can not be changed ie their appointment can not be rescinded. 

Still undecided about appointing us your own Party Wall Surveyor and would like to discuss any questions or concerns specific to your circumstances, If you'd like to discuss your options please Contact Us urgently (there are strict time limits)

Other common Issues and concerns to consider are listed below: 

  •  Free Party Wall Surveyor for Adjoining Owners - in what circumstances and why - The Act rule on who pays
  • Notifiable - Owners
  • Pro & Cons of Agreed Surveyor - your choice
  • Notifiable Works and minimum Notice Periods.
  • Different types of notifiable works require different lengths of notice periods.
  • Most common works come under the following notices, each project may require more then one notice.
  • Section One: Notice requires One Months Notice.
  • Section Three: Used to Notify Section 2 works requires Two Months Notice
  • Section Six: Notice requires One Months Notice.
  • Party Wall etc. 1996 Act - The ACT - Background
  • Adjoining Owner Rights - Section 1 Notice placing Foundations on your Land - Not Necessary
  • Security for Expenses
  • Under Pinning - Not necessary
  • No Notice - No ACT
  • Restriction on Working Hours
  • Section 10(4) - Surveyors appointed on your behalf
  • Enclosure costs - What are they, Who's entitled to them.
  • Insurance - Project to cover - Household Insurance Limits to 150k
  • Common Misunderstandings
  • Neighbours proposed works
  • The Process - time limits what are they, why they're important.
  • Common terms used in Party Matters.
  • Letters of Appointment
  • Đissent and Dispute - Meaning of Dissent and Dispute under the Act. 

1. Free Party Wall Surveyor for Adjoining Owners - in what circumstances and why

******* The Act rule on who pays - ""

2. Pro & Cons of Agreed Surveyor

- your choice

- your circumstances

3. Notifiable Works and minimum Notice Periods. 

Different types of notifiable works require different lengths of notice periods. The proposed works can start earlier by agreement of the Owners concerned. 

Most common works come under the following notices, each project may require more then one notice. 

Section One: Notice requires One Months Notice.

Section Three : Used to Notify Section 2 works requires Two Months Notice

Section Six :, Notice requires One Months Notice.  

4. Party Wall etc. 1996 Act - The ACT - Background

5. Adjoining Owner Rights - Section 1 Notice placing Foundations on your Land - Not Necessary

6. Security for Expenses

7. Under Pinning - Not necessary

8. No Notice - No ACT 

9. Restriction on Working Hours

10. Section 10(4) - Surveyor appointed on your behalf

11. Enclosure costs - What are they, Who's entitled to them, How are they calculated, when are they payable. 

12. Insurance - Project to cover - Household Insurance Ltd to 150k

13. Common Misunderstandings

14. Neighbours proposed works

15. The Process - time limits what are they, why they're important.

16. Common terms used in Party Matters. 

17. Letters of Appointment - Once Surveyor is appointed they can not be changed ie their appointment can not be rescinded. 

18 . Đesent - 

Meaning of dispute under the Act. Under the Act dispute has very specific meaning. It does not mean you can object to the works proposed by the Building Owner. 

when a dispute arises the dispute resolution procedure within the Act is activated. The Owners have to appoint Surveyors in order to resolve the dispute. Dispute are then resolved by the appointed Surveyors. 

19. Notifiable - Owners