Following the trauma of the Great Fire of London, the Capital introduced rules requiring houses to be brick built, including the party walls between houses so as to prevent spread of fire. You will see with older terraced houses in London the party walls protruding though roofs at join of houses as this was a required detail.
However, these rules were not introduced nationally, thus houses were often built with no walls in the lofts between neighbours.
This provides obviously poor fire protection and physical security between neighbours, thus it is strongly recommended a party wall be erected in the loft, either in block-work or a timber-stud frame covered in double-thickness plasterboard.
A mortgage valuer would normally make this a condition of lending if they have noticed this during their inspection - irrespective, we strongly recommend you implement.
Good neighbours would hopefully want to share the cost as of mutual benefit.
Anthony J Lewis & Co. Chartered Surveyors
Up to 4 instant quotes from Chartered Surveyors
11,452 user reviews
Very thorough, and a prompt reply to my query on an issue contained in report
Terence on 06/02/2020
Get surveyors quotes
14B Chequer Street
Get quotes for:
Cookies for this website are disabled. Press OK to active them.
We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better.
You can use this tool to change your cookie settings. Otherwise, we’ll assume you’re OK to continue.
Some of the cookies we use are essential for the site to work.
We also use some non-essential cookies to collect information for making reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form.
To control third party cookies, you can also adjust your browser settings.
Cookies for this website are disabled. Press the below button to active them.