Avoiding Delays with Party Wall Agreements

Party Wall Agreement Advice - FORM Design Group

Andy Manington MICE explains why Party Wall Agreements are key to avoiding costly misunderstandings during a development. 

A party wall agreement, also known as a party wall award, is a legal agreement between two property owners who share a boundary or ‘party wall’ between their properties.

A party wall is typically a wall that stands on the boundary between two properties, but it can also include other types of structures such as floors and ceilings that separate two properties.

A party wall agreement is normally drawn up to establish the rights and responsibilities of both property owners with respect to the party wall when work is being undertaken. However, the agreement may also cover issues such as how the party wall will be used, maintained, repaired, and altered.

Professional Help with Party Wall Agreements

Whilst you may draft a party wall agreement yourself – and there are tools online to allow you to do this – an agreement is typically drawn up by a surveyor who is appointed by both property owners. The surveyor will normally assess the condition of the party wall and make recommendations for any necessary repairs or alterations prior to work, although this may also have to occur after work is completed

The party wall agreement is a legally binding document and is designed to protect the rights of both property owners. It helps to ensure that any work carried out on the party wall is done safely and that both parties are aware of their rights and responsibilities.

Protecting Your Rights

While party wall agreements are designed to protect the rights of both property owners and prevent disputes, issues can still arise during the process of agreeing to and implementing a party wall agreement.

Andy Manington - Form Design Group
A party wall agreement helps to ensure that any work carried out on the party wall is done safely and that both parties are aware of their rights and responsibilities.

Andy Manington I.Eng M ICE

In our experience, some common issues that may arise include:

  • Disputes over the boundary  – sometimes property owners may disagree about the exact location of the party wall or the boundary line between their properties.
  • Disagreements over proposed works – one property owner may want to carry out work on the party wall that the other does not agree with, or may have concerns about the safety or impact of the work on their own property.
  • Delays – it can take time to agree on the terms of a party wall agreement, which can delay construction or renovation plans.
  • Costs – property owners may disagree over who should pay for the costs of any necessary repairs or alterations to the party wall
  • Misunderstandings – miscommunications or misunderstandings about the terms of the agreement can lead to disputes.

This is why we believe that it is important to work with a qualified and experienced party wall surveyor who can help to mediate disputes and find a mutually agreeable solution.

At FORM Design Group, we work with experienced surveyors who understand all the issues involved. Get in touch with me today for an introduction.