Since the Party Wall etc Act 1996 came into force, homeowners and developers in England and Wales have had a procedure to follow when building work involves a party wall or party fence wall, certain excavations close to neighbouring buildings, and new walls at boundaries. Works falling under the Act are often feared by both those either contemplating whether they need to serve Notice or neighbours affected by the works.
We have set out to provide a clear but concise step-by-step flow diagram to guide homeowners and developers. The Act itself is very good at what it sets out to do, but semantics, constructional details and case law introduce grey areas as well as supplemental considerations. Our guide will provide you with a better understanding of when a Notice needs to be served, what type, responses available, time frames and basic mechanics provided by the Act.
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