If you live in a semi-detached or terrace house, you will share at least one wall with your neighbour.This is known as a party wall and the law sets out in detail what you can do with one and how to do it.
Everyday, minor jobs are not covered by the law, so you do not have to get permission to fix a plug socket, put up shelves or plaster the walls. But there are some things you can only do once you’ve notified your neighbour. You need to notify your neighbour if you intend to insert damp proofing, underpin the wall, demolish or rebuild it or cut into it to take the bearing of a beam, for example for a loft conversion.
Neighbours do not always agree to allow work, and although there is a statutory process involving surveyors to resolve any disagreements, sometimes issues will escalate.
We can help if you are having difficulty in resolving a dispute about a party wall. We can also help if your neighbour has started work on your party wall without permission by getting a court injunction forcing them to stop.
We will always agree a price for our services with you in advance, so you can be confident you know what to expect.