The Party Wall Etc Act 1996 places a legal obligation on building owners to serve notice and obtain their neighbour’s consent for work that will affect shared (party) walls or areas of land close to adjoining property.
This includes loft and basement conversions, extensions, chimney breast removal and other elements of works which involve cutting into a party wall, underpinning or raising a wall.
Our extensive experience of dealing with party wall matters covers private residential and commercial clients. We act for building owners, adjoining owners or for both parties as agreed surveyors.
By appointing us as Party Wall Surveyor, you can rest assured that your interests will be protected.
A Building Owner – planning on carrying out works to your property?
Before work can start you must serve Notice to the adjoining owners asking them to confirm their consent or dissent. It is advisable to appoint a surveyor to draft the Notice for you, since there are a number of different notices depending on the type of work that you are undertaking. Should your neighbour dissent to the work, then a Party Wall Award is required. Our surveyor will inspect the adjoining property, in conjunction with your neighbour’s surveyor (or by themselves if an Agreed Surveyor) and prepare a schedule of condition. The surveyor will also be on hand during the project to advise on any alterations to the proposed works which may affect the scope of the agreed award. On completion of the work the surveyor will check the neighbour’s building against the schedule to make sure there is no resulting damage.
An adjoining Owner – where your neighbour is planning works?
You should receive a Notice asking you to give your consent or dissent to your neighbour’s proposals. If you dissent you will need to either appoint your own surveyor or use the building owner’s surveyor – known as the Agreed Surveyor. In each case your neighbour is liable for the fees.
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Also read our Party Wall Fact Sheet