Is my side rowhome wall considered a party wall if the neighboring lot does not have any existing structure built on it?

I own a home one lot from the end of our block. The end lot is a vacant park with no existing structure. It will never be developed (land trust owned). I am interested in painting/repairing/replacing our wall facing the empty lot. I know there are very clearly delineated statutes regarding party walls. My question is whether or not this wall can be considered a party wall as there is no adjacent structure of any type in the lot next to me (and won’t be in the future). If it is not a party wall, I should be able to paint over the ugly graffiti/paint on the wall without permission correct?

Asked on July 8, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

From what you have written with respect to the property that you own and its location, it is not at the end facing the park a "party wall" under the ordinary definition of the term.

If your property has grafitti placed upon it by some third person without your consent you would be entitled under the law to cover up what was illegally placed on your property without getting permission from any person or municipality.


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