If you or your neighbour wish to carry out work on your property then the provisions of the Party Wall Act 1996 may apply. Other works may also apply under the act, such as work within 3 metres of the boundary and sometimes if the work is within 6 metres of the boundary.
Typical works that apply under the Party Wall Act include extensions, loft conversions, basement conversions and removal of chimney breasts. Other works may also apply under the Act to a detached property such as work within 3 metres of the boundary and in some circumstances if the work is within 6 metres of the boundary.
It should be noted that the intention of the Act is not to stop you from completing your proposed building works, in fact quite the opposite. As long as you fulfil certain obligations, serving correct notices in prescribed time scales then the Act can give you an ability to complete your plans that may not otherwise be allowed. This is why the involvement of a professional surveyor at an early stage is advised. Sussex Surveyors have years of experience managing Party Wall issues with customers and their neighbours.
Note: Any fees we charge will probably be paid by your neighbour proposing the work.
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“My neighbours were getting a loft conversion done, Sussex Surveyors did a 'party wall' report for me, have to say the whole experience was great from ringing their office to find out if they could help, very friendly and helpful staff, through to visiting my house - arrived when they said they would and the report was delivered really quickly. Will definitely use them again and highly recommend them.”
“Sussex Surveyors provided an excellent all round professional service including a comprehensive report and given that I was faced with a completely unfamiliar process, they took as much time as I needed to help me with all the different elements and I felt looked after from the very beginning to the end of the process. They were reasonably priced and my particular Surveyor was David Aspey, who as it turned out, has 25 years experience in the industry so I was able to benefit from all of that expertise. They were meticulous, friendly and helpful, which I really appreciated. Highly recommended”