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party wall

A wall built on the line between two properties and necessary for the support of structures built on either side of the property line. Each owner owns the one-half of the party wall on his or her own property and has a support easement in the one-half on the other person's property. Neither person can demolish the one-half of the wall on his or her own property because that would damage the neighbor's building.Townhomes usually share party walls.

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Although the Party Wall Act is described as an "enabling" Act, it is important for those arranging the building works to serve the necessary Party Wall notice or notices on the adjoining owners at the correct time.
Major structural work, on the other hand, is another matter and is governed by the Party Wall Act, 1996, most recently updated in January this year.
The other way in which your neighbours may become involved in your home improvements is if you need a party wall agreement with them.
The survey from the purchase of the building showed the existence of "a party wall to an unspecified height."
Since July 1997 the Party Wall etc Act 1996, has been in force in England and Wales.
The business next door is extending along the party wall and is proposing to put up scaffolding in our yard.
Things like putting up shelves and wall units, replastering, rewiring and so on are not subject to the Party Wall Act, but demolishing or making structural changes certainly will be.
Among the most common areas for dispute are party walls. Alterations to party walls, shared with a neighbour, may require their consent.
If you intend to build right up to the existing party wall there are now standard procedures laid down in the Party Wall Act which tries to address contentious situations and lays down the procedure that has to be followed.
NEW help lines have been set up to provide specialist advice to Welsh households and businesses on issues such as boundary disputes, compulsory purchase orders and party walls.
Between two party walls, 4m apart, accommodation is over three and a half levels.
Our Green Doc, Professor Paul Younger replies: "First, pat yourself on the back because they have two party walls shared with neighbours.