In the UK, if you’re planning to remove a chimney breast in a property that you share with another owner (such as a semi-detached or terraced property), you may need to get a Party Wall Agreement in place.
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 sets out the legal framework for the parties involved to resolve any disputes that may arise from the removal of a chimney breast. The Act requires that you serve a formal notice on your neighboring property owners to inform them of your intentions, and give them the opportunity to object. If no objections are raised, or if any objections are resolved through negotiation, you can proceed with the work as agreed.
It’s recommended that you seek the advice of a surveyor who specializes in party wall matters to help you navigate the process. A surveyor can help you draft the necessary notices, negotiate with your neighbors, and act as an independent expert to resolve any disputes that may arise.
It’s important to note that failure to comply with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 can result in legal proceedings, so it’s essential to get the process right.