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Party Walls - What Homeowners Need to Know

How to find out if your boundaries are Party Walls.

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You will need access to your HM Land Registry office copies and filed plan plus any historic Conveyance or Transfer Deed mentioned in these documents. These are your deeds. The office copies are a précis of historic deeds and documents. Most deeds are extracted and set out within the office copies but sometimes they are filed as there are too many entries to set out.


You can easily order these online from HM Land Registry for £3 per document. Deeds are available to the public and anyone can order copies and download them. See my article on ordering deeds:


You should not rely on old copies of office copies as they may be out of date. You will need to read through the documents or pass to your conveyancer. Filed plans will show boundary lines edged in red and these are drawn to scale.


If a Transfer Deed (TR1, Conveyance or TP1) does not specifically state who is responsible for a boundary then they are Party Walls and jointly maintainable by the party either side.


Developers will often mark the boundary you are to maintain with an inwards “T” on the plan and make reference to the same in the Transfer clauses and definitions.


However, if there are no “T” marks, and no specific reference to who maintains a boundary, then they must be Party Walls.

See below weblink for more information published by UK Government regarding Party Walls.




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