The Party Wall Act 1996
The Party Wall Etc Act 1996 applies to England and Wales and came into force on 1 July 1997. It provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings.
The Act is designed make sure property owner notify their neighbours in advance of certain proposed works including cutting into a wall to take the bearing of a beam such as in a loft extension and inserting a damp proof course. The Act does not apply to more minor everyday jobs that do not affect the integrity of the party wall such as fixing plug sockets or fitting wall units or shelving.
While there are no specific qualifications required to be a Party Wall surveyor under the Act, Rule 4 of the RICS Rules of Conduct for Members states:
"Members shall carry out their professional work with due skill, care and diligence and with proper regard for the technical standards expected of them".
Ball & Co are experienced in providing such advice to parties who may wish to issue a Notice under the Act (or indeed receive a Notice under the Act) and have the necessary "technical standards expected" of RICS Members accepting appointment as Party Wall surveyors
Ball & Co consider that they in summary correctly implement the provisions of the Party Wall Act, acting within the authority of the Act and knowing when the Act does not apply.
So if you are looking for Party wall advice in Cardiff, then please contact us at Ball & Co today either via phone or via email