Do you wish to make some changes to your house? If yes, you will need a Party Wall Agreement before starting any construction work. Party Wall Agreement was introduced in 1996 to make changes in your property without causing any disturbance to your neighbours. The Agreement lasts for 12 months.
NEED OF PARTY WALL AGREEMENT
Suppose you are planning to do any construction activity in the vicinity of any adjoining property. Then you will need a Party Wall Agreement or a Party Wall Award. For example, the shared garden walls or shared walls in between adjacent houses or flats.
COMPONENTS OF PARTY WALL AGREEMENT
The following information is included in the Agreement
1. A plan which will include how the work will proceed
2. Routinely monitoring of the condition of Neighbouring property to avoid any damage
3. Complete drawings and details the work carried out
4. Location of both properties
5. Working hours decided
6. Surveyor details
7. Fee of the neighbours surveyor
8. Time limit allocated for the proposed work
WHEN TO SERVE PARTY WALL AGREEMENT
Depending on the agreement and the work to be carried out, the Party Wall Agreement is served two months before starting work. If any excavation activity is required, then the notice is sent one month before the work begins.
A Professional Party Wall Surveyor prepares the agreement. As soon as the contract or the notice is given, the building owner has 12 months to start the construction activity.
FOR HOW LONG WILL THE AGREEMENT LAST
There is a specific time limit for the agreement to be applicable. After 12 months, the Party Wall Agreement will expire.
TIME ALLOCATED FOR PARTY WALL PROCESSES
After appointing the surveyor, he reviews the drawings and decides which notices are sent. When the contact information is complete and is provided immediately, the notice is served in a few days. But it can take more than two weeks if the information provided is not complete.
The notice will be with the neighbour for 14 days. If your neighbour does not respond, it means that your neighbours have not agreed. So, your surveyor has to issue a ten days’ notice to warn them to appoint their surveyor. Otherwise, under section 10 of the Party Wall Act, the owner will appoint a surveyor.
The maximum days for the notification period are 24 days according to the Act, and the surveyor must follow it.
In case of a conflict, the surveyor has to issue a schedule of conditions for the neighbour’s property, approximately taking 3-4 days. After this, the draft Award is prepared by the surveyor. Then draft award is validated to make any corrections. The final Award will be signed and served to the Adjoining Owner. Then, the Award is given to the owners, and the work can start.
Before starting any construction activity, several steps and legal requirements are required, which are mentioned above. They require a lot of time, and in case any conflict arises, more time is needed to complete the requirements and proceed with the work. You can always appoint a qualified surveyor to fulfill all requirements and save time.