When planning a loft conversion, it can be extremely exciting. But there’s one major issue that you’ll most probably encounter if you live in an urban area like London. If you haven’t guessed already, that’s a party wall.
Because of this, if you suit the below criteria, you’ll need to get your neighbours to sign a Party Wall Agreement before you start converting your loft.
In theory, if you need to do anything to the party wall, it’s more than worth getting a Party Wall Surveyor to confirm whether or not you need a Party Wall Agreement. If you’re performing work like converting your loft, the likelihood of needing one is immensely high.
Want to know more about converting your loft and the Party Wall Agreement? I suggest you read the below:
As we’re now aware, when converting your loft, you’ll probably need a Party Wall Agreement and especially if you live in cities like London. The Party Wall Act 1996 was introduced to prevent and resolve construction-related issues for work carried out on a shared wall.
Neighbouring homeowners must be notified of your loft conversion through a Party Wall Notice and should:
Of course, before you consider any of this, it’s probably best to have a conversation with your neighbour. From doing this, you’re preparing them for what’s to come, and they might not take it so kindly from a random letter.
From complying with the rules, benefits you and the neighbour. Suppose something does occur to the party wall while work is being carried out. In that case, it’ll dramatically reduce the legal issues heading your way and ensure liability for the shared ownership of the party wall.
Most houses in urban areas like London, semi-detached or terrace houses, will require a Party Wall Agreement. This is because almost all work involved with converting your loft in this type of environment will require you to insert supporting beams into the party wall. Including this, a party wall will also be involved with a loft conversion if:
As you can see, the party wall plays an essential role in a loft conversion. Because of this, gaining access to a Party Wall Agreement will open up more design opportunities and flexibility. This is perfect, as nobody wants to be restricted when it comes to developing your dream-like loft conversion.
Not sure you need a Party Wall Agreement to carry out your loft conversion? I recommend you contact us. On the other side, there will be a helpful and professional member of staff who’s eager to answer any questions you may have in regard to a party wall.
Something else you’ll want to execute correctly is the preparation for the Party Wall Agreement. The whole preparation period is pretty much making sure you’re legally allowed to adjust the party wall and ensure your neighbours are happy with the construction. Here’s what you’ll want to consider when preparing your Party Wall Agreement:
As you can see, there are several things you need to consider when preparing and undergoing the construction of converting your loft. However, it’s always best to keep these in mind, as it can massively reduce two very important factors of converting your loft. These are legal complications and the disapproval of construction, which is something we want to avoid.
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