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Walls and boundaries are important as they separate different premises. There are several types of boundaries such as party walls, boundary wall, retaining wall and building faces.

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Many builders party wall will have a party wall issue at some point in a clients property. Whenever a wall or even another structure such as a floor or ceiling is shared with a neighbouring property, the property owner has a legal obligation under the Party Wall Act of 1996 to inform their neighbour in advance of any major works being undertaken.



For example, a homeowner wishing to build a new wall at the shared boundary of their property or seeking to remove a chimney would be required to inform their neighbour well in advance of the work taking place. 

This could be anywhere between two months and a year.


Once notified, it’s not as straightforward as simply going ahead with the work. Under the act, both homeowners must be able to come to an agreement about the planned work before it can go ahead – and if they do not agree with your submitted plans then a surveyor must act as an independent arbitrator to help resolve the situation fruitfully.

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The best way to ensure that disputes and disruptions are kept to a minimum is to hire a surveyor at the beginning of this process rather than at the end.

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A professional party wall surveyor can make this kind of home improvement much easier by:

Identify shared boundaries across the properties that might be affected by all kinds of work, whether a shared wall or a driveway to identify exactly where concerns will be raised.

Identify any right of ways that may be affected by planned work and avoid any complications this might cause

Provide an accurate and informed assessment of the legal responsibilities of each party involved as well as of the costs and time-frame of any changes or complications to the original plans

With the aid of a builders party wall surveyor , it’s entirely possible that even a complicated boundary issue can be resolved without the need for a dispute.

By providing neighbours with a careful and comprehensive initial proposal an agreement is far more likely to be reached without any dispute or objection. 

Even in the case where a dispute is unavoidable, the aid of a surveyor allows the dispute process to be resolved as quickly as possible and a fair and equitable agreement reached by all parties involved.


Most builders and party walls will always have an issue in some point of a buyer’s property. 

Whether it is a house, a farmhouse, or a retail complex, there will always be a space that either one of the parties may have plans on moving into or maybe they just want to renovate the space. 

The property owner now has an obligation under the Party Wall law of 1996 in order to inform their neighbors of any large works that may be done to their property. 

In other words the property owners are required to give notice of work that may be done on their property before they start, if they don’t then they could end up having their deed stopped or could even be liable for a court case as to who actually owns the property.

This law applies all over the country, as I mentioned above, and has even been enforced in Liverpool and its surrounding areas where a property can be claimed to be owned by a person if they have worked on it. 

These large buildings tend to be commercial spaces and as such they can include a variety of structures such as a restaurant, a supermarket, a pub, an office building, and even a home – all of which require the attention and care of a building contractor.

One of the first things that you should remember is that if you live in an area in which this law exists then you must give the builder or party walls in Liverpool and its surrounding areas at least four months’ notice before any work is done on your property.

Any work that is done within this time will be considered illegal and if you’re being forced to do this work you can always challenge it in court and get a ruling that the property is yours. 

This means that if you don’t want any further work to take place on your property you can make sure that everything is completed properly in the first place and that nothing goes wrong.

One thing that you should also be aware of when it comes to getting your property into this condition is that in some cases where the work is not carried out correctly then you may end up having to pay for the damages yourself, in some cases you could end up losing your claim. 

There are also situations in which the parties agree to what is going to be done before any work takes place in order to avoid the risk of a claim being lost. 

It is important to remember though that you must not sign any document until the project manager or builder has given you proper notice of any alterations being done to your property.

There are a number of steps that you can take in order to avoid any problems arising between you and the builders and party walls in Liverpool and its surrounding areas. If you are happy to do so, you could simply ask the company to explain what exactly is required of you.

If you prefer to do it yourself, then there are a couple of options that you have available to you and they include writing to the company informing them that you are happy to work on your own property and then letting them know about any alterations that need to be made and then having them do the work themselves. 

Alternatively you could go ahead and let the company arranges all of the work themselves and then allow them to call on you at a later date to ensure that everything is done correctly.

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