The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 was enacted by parliament in order to regulate certain building works likely to impact adjoining buildings and structures. The first cog of this process is the 'Serving of Notice(s)'. The 1996 Act places a legal obligation in the first instance on the Building Owner who must serve Notice on their adjoining owner informing them of their intention to undertake works that fall within the framework of 1996 Act. There are three types of Notices and dep
What happens if damage occurs to an adjoining owners’ property as a result of neighbouring building work? The first point of call is to determine whether the adjoining owner has the benefit of legal protection offered by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. Assuming: - A valid party wall Notice was received - Party Wall Surveyor/s were duly appointment - An Award was served it is likely that the adjoining owner will benefit from the legal protection offered under the Party Wall etc.