What is a Party Wall?


A party wall is a wall that stands astride the boundary between two neighbouring properties and that is owned jointly by both. Repairs and maintenance of party walls are typically the joint responsibility of both neighbours, usually at equal expense. They usually form part of the structure of both properties, though party fence walls may simply serve as dividing walls between adjacent pieces of land. Walls that stand wholly within one owner’s property but which serve to mark the boundary between two adjacent properties may also be identified as party walls. Any works to a party wall should be carried out in compliance with the Party Wall Act 1996.


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