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An older term referring to a cancer involving the larynx and the apposed oesophagus. The term could still be useful, but because the word party as a synonym for shared, as in a two-party phone line, is fading from the working parlance, ‘shared’ seems less confusing
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The Party Wall etc Act 1996 governs building work involving these, plus new boundary walls and some excavations close to neighbouring buildings.
The client only learned the extent of the party wall during the demolition of the building.
For example, building up to or astride the boundary line - line of junction - where it is not built on already, cutting into a party wall for the purposes of inserting a beam or flashing detail and, excavating within three or six metres of an adjoining property.
To increase the height or thickness of a party wall.
Adjoining owners can enter into a Party Wall Agreement which will deal with any issues arising during the course of the construction, and with regard to ongoing future maintenance issues.
It consists of plasterboard sheets designed to fix to your existing party walls to provide sound insulation from exterior and adjacent noise, from pounds 25.
The shallow sloping butterfly roof slopes down from the party walls at each side to a valley gutter in the centre, so it's more of a flat V shape than the normal A shape.
As a result, all property owners need to be aware of the extent of their 'jurisdiction' and understand the common errors and misunderstandings which can land them in hot water - including planning constraints, issues around party walls and boundaries and noise.
The whole process of dealing with shared boundaries and party walls is about good communication between the two parties, with legal intervention only as a last resort.
The damage people have suffered ranges from having water cascading into their property from next door, to pierced pipes to party walls being demolished.
The damage people have suffered ranges from having water cascading into their property from next-door, to pierced pipes to party walls being demolished.