The 3 things everyone should know about The Party Wall Etc. Act 1996


The 3 things everyone should know about The Party Wall Etc. Act 1996

When embarking on a development project, dealing with the neighbours can be one of the trickiest hurdles to overcome. That’s why the Party Wall Etc. Act 1996 is there, and it is vital that when engaging the Act, you get it right.

When considering the Party Wall Act Etc. Act 1996, the following are three of the most important things to keep in mind:

1. Notice Periods

Work to the Party Wall – 2 Months.
New building on the line of junction – 1 Month.
Adjacent Excavation – 1 Month.

2. What sections of the Act apply to certain works

Section 1 – Building on the Line of Junction.
Section 3 – Work to the Party Wall.
Section 6 – Adjacent Excavation.

3. Specific rules on how the party wall notices should be served

All the owners need to be notified.
This includes Freeholders and Leaseholders and sometimes tenants.
Delivered in person or by post. Only by email once specific consent is given.

Get any of these wrong and you risk the party wall notices being invalid.

But don’t worry. The good news is, we are experts on all matters to do with party walls and we will navigate you and your client through the potential pitfalls of the Party Wall Act, making sure you avoid making costly mistakes.

If you have a question with a current project you are working then please call me on 020 3540 7873 to discuss.

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