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Party Wall and Neighbourly Matters

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings.

Common examples of works under the Act include:

- Constructing a new wall on/astride a boundary

- Cutting into a party wall

- Removing chimney breasts from a party wall

- Knocking down and rebuilding a party wall

- Excavating below the bottom level of a 

   neighbour's foundation.

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Schedules of Condition

Schedules of Condition record the condition of relevant parts of an adjoining owner's property prior to commencement of works. It enables the surveyor(s), at a later date, to determine the extent of the building owner's liability for damage caused by the works.

It is good practice in practically all cases to prepare a Schedules of Condition of adjoining properties prior to work commencing and for that Schedule of Condition to form part of the Award document.

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Access Licences

Access rights given within realms of the Party Wall Act can only be used for works specified under the Act. For example, a right of access to build a wall should not be used to cover a roof, fix a gutter or for any other casual or related work.

In such cases, entering into an access licence is the most sensible route. Aspen Party Wall Surveyors have a wealth of experience in producing access licences customised to your needs in addition to considering the neighbours requirements.

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Boundary Disputes

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The extent of ownership or boundary positioning between two properties is not always clear-cut. Sometimes, dimensions are inaccurate and plans are marked up incorrectly. Aspen Party Wall Surveyors often act in the event of a dispute over the boundary positioning between two properties, in aim to establish and prove the correct boundary line.

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