Party wall consultancy

Seek guidance from our knowledgeable party wall consultants; they can ensure you're on the right side of the law and help you avoid unnecessary disputes with your neighbours.

Sillence Hurn offer expert advice based on substantial experience of party wall matters. We act for both building owners and adjoining owners and look to guide either party through the complexities and formalities of the Party Wall etc Act 1996, to ensure their best interests are met.

What is the party wall ETC. act 1996?

The Party Wall Etc. Act 1996 is a longstanding piece of legislation initially implemented in London. It is intended to guide, prevent and resolve disputes in relation to party walls, whereby property owners should serve appropriate notice to take their adjoining owners into account. Its principal aim is to ensure that building works cause no untoward damage to adjoining or adjacent properties/structures, whilst causing the least disturbance and inconvenience to the occupants.

The term 'party wall' refers to a dividing wall between the boundary of land that belongs to two or more owners. For example, a shared wall between a terraced or semi-detached property.

Only applicable in England and Wales, the Party Wall Act requires those carrying out work to their property (building owner) to serve notice on their neighbour (adjoining owner), outlining their intentions. This ensures work cannot be unlawfully carried out without the adjoining owner/s being aware. It also gives the adjoining owner/s the choice to consent or dissent to the notice if they have a dispute over such work being carried out.

Any owner or occupier that is proposing works to/in the vicinity of a party wall, on a boundary line or in close proximity to adjacent buildings/structures will invariably be required to comply with the requirements of the Act.

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Our approach

Sillence Hurn are available to support property owners and reduce or remove risks resulting from works near site boundaries. We will ensure that projects progress smoothly without undue delay, endeavouring to protect the neighbours' properties that may be affected by the works, whilst also looking to minimise inconvenience and disturbance to the occupants. In the event of damage or disputes arising, we will act to resolve in the interest of all parties affected.

Our building consultants provide expert advice on party wall matters and act on behalf of both building owners and adjoining owners. We look to fully uphold the Act and place particular emphasis on good communication and building relationships between parties to ensure their best interests are met.

If you are in need of party wall advice, you may also be interested in our project management services.

enquire about party wall

If you have a specific project you need assistance with, please complete our enquiry form below. Please provide as much detail as you can so we're fully informed. If you'd prefer to call us to discuss the project further, you can reach our team on 02380 014786.

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