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Party walls and boundary issues

Work undertaken within any built-up area of England and Wales has a significant likelihood of requiring notification under the Party Wall etc Act 1996. Whether this is work to a party wall, construction of new boundary walls or undertaking deep excavation within 6m of your neighbour. In all these cases the Act will apply. The party wall legislations clearly sets out the rights and obligations of the developer and the neighbour along with the duties of the appointed surveyors. Straying from these rights, obligations and duties can have significant consequences for developers or neighbours. Obtaining guidance and support from a firm that understands construction, as well as the act, is essential.

Where the Act does not apply and there is the possibility of access issues or trespass then the circumstance is a significant project risk until agreements are in place. RLF has an excellent track record of agreeing access licences for developers and neighbours alike.