What is a Party Wall Agreement?

A Party Wall Agreement is essentially an agreement between two neighbours who are undertaking work to a shared wall that borders their properties. This agreement is also referred to as a “Party Wall Award” and is usually an agreed upon set of conditions, determined by a surveyor, that helps to ensure that both neighbours get to keep the wall in good condition and protect the rights of both parties.

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Party wall agreements are important in many ways. In the UK, a party wall is a wall which neighbours share and which either stands on the line between their two properties or runs along the line. A party wall can also be used for separate buildings or property boundaries. 


The main purpose of a party wall agreement is to protect both parties to the agreement from claims of damage to or interference with the party wall. It is also intended to prevent disputes arising over work to the wall or structures that are near to it. 

  • Loft Conversions
  • Extensions
  • Foundations
  • Removing A chimney breast

All of these types of works may require a Party Wall Agreement

For example, many homeowners have experienced disputes over outdoor structures that have been erected close to the boundaries of their neighbouring property. These structures can cause issues such as interfering with the neighbour’s view, blocking sunlight, etc. 


Where situations like these arise, a party wall agreement can help to protect one’s property rights and prevent any such disputes. By entering into this agreement, a surveyor might come in to assess the structure and determine reasonable boundaries or reasonable impacts. 


In addition to helping to protect one’s rights, a party wall agreement can also help to prevent misunderstandings over party walls and make repairs easier both between neighbours. For example, if there are issues with subsidence, a surveyor will determine the impact it has had on the wall and provide advice on how both parties can agree on repairs and maintenance.


Furthermore, a party wall agreement can help to bring in fairness and prevent one neighbour from imposing or disregarding the party wall structure. For example, if one neighbour builds a wall over the party wall line, the other party can use the agreement to stop them from doing so and usually, seek legal action for compensation.


A party wall agreement is an essential document for anyone living on a shared wall as it helps to protect both parties from disputes, as well as protect one’s property rights. Moreover, it is important for both homeowners to be aware of potential issues that can arise with a party wall structure and agree to the terms of the agreement.

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