Whether you are a Neighbour who has been contacted regarding a development or a building owner who is about to start a proposed development
Our team has an in depth professional knowledge of all Party Wall and Neighbourly Matters.
Are you the adjoining owner to works?
Are you the building owner undertaking works?
Our range of services include:
Acting as adjoining owners surveyor (for a neighbour who has been served a notice).
Carrying out schedules of condition prior to works commencing.
Acting as Building Owners surveyor throughout the process, formalising and serving an award as required under the Act.
Checking the Schedule of condition upon completion of the works and negotiating the repairs should any damage be found to have been caused.
Writing and agreeing Scaffolding over sail licences where no access rights are available under the Act and where scaffolding is required upon, or over, a neighbouring property or land.
If you require any advice regarding the above or have any questions regarding your project or have been served with a Notice, then please contact us.
Acting for the Building Owner
We have the experience to help guide developer’s design teams to identify where designs go beyond the rights that can be achieved under the Party Wall Act, thereby avoiding any delays or disputes.
We will identify Owners who require relevant Notices; progress discussions with the Adjoining Owners and their appointed Surveyors; prepare Schedules of Condition; put Awards in place; resolve any disputes and carry out final inspections to discharge the liability under any Awards.
Acting on behalf of Adjoining owner
Once notice has been served upon you as the Adjoining Owner we would be very happy to act on your behalf. We will prepare a draft letter of appointment for you to sign. We will make contact with your Neighbour, or their appointed Party wall Surveyor direct, and arrange to take a joint Schedule of the existing condition of your property prior to any works starting.
We will negotiate a Party Wall Award, which is a legal document that lists the works allowed under the Act and certain rights & restrictions for both the works and the contractors on site. Upon completion of the works, we will recheck the Schedule of condition and if any damage has been caused by the works, negotiate the repairs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Party Wall Act?
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 is an Act in common law that enables an owner to carry out certain works to a party wall, or structure, or excavate a certain distance from an adjoining properties foundations while safeguarding the interests of their neighbour.
Who’s responsibility is it to serve the Party Structure Notices on the relevant Neighbour’s ?
It is the Owner developing (known as the Building Owner) responsibility, not the responsibility of your architect or your Local Authority, to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to assist you in resolving any dispute that may arise between the two parties concerning the works.
What works require a Notice to be served on the Neighbours?
– Work on an existing wall, or structure, which is shared with another property. This could be a ceiling within a neighbouring flat (section 2 Notice required).
– Building a new free-standing wall or a wall of a building up to or astride the boundary with a neighbouring property (section 1 Notice required).
– Excavating near a neighbouring building (section 6 Notice required).