Party Wall Act - wall disputes

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A ‘party wall’ is the wall between your house and your neighbour’s house if you live in a semi-detached or terraced house. The Party Wall Act 1996 regulates modifications to property which involve significant changes to this wall. Changes such as installing plug sockets, lights or shelving are not significant enough to require the use of the procedure outlined in the Act.

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Significant changes

Some of the changes which are considered significant enough are:

  • Cutting into a wall to place a support beam
  • Inserting damp proof course
  • Raising a party wall
  • Demolishing part of a party wall, even if it is then rebuilt
  • Digging an excavation within 3 metres of your neighbours wall that is deeper than the foundations of the wall

The Party Wall Act can also apply to garden walls and fences and therefore any works in the vicinity of the boundary will need to be considered.

If you are considering modifications to your property which involve the party wall, Stephensons can guide you through the procedure required to ensure you comply with the Party Wall Act. Our plain speaking, down to earth approach can prevent the hassle that might result from taking on the responsibility alone, leaving you free to concentrate on the changes you wish to make.

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