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Understanding the Party Wall Act 1996


The Basics of Party Wall


The Role of the Party Wall Surveyor


A party wall surveyor is a chartered professional who specialises in resolving disputes between the building owner and the adjoining owner. They have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in party wall legislation and can guide both parties through the process, from serving a party wall notice to issuing a party wall award.

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Essential Party Wall Matters in London


The Importance of a Party Wall Notice


As a building owner in London, if you plan to undertake work that falls within the scope of the Party Wall etc. Act, you need to serve a party wall notice to your neighbour. The notice should be given at least two months before you start work, detailing the proposed work. Failing to do this could lead to unnecessary inconvenience and disputes.

Party Wall Award: What is It and Why It's Crucial


A party wall award is a legal document prepared by the party wall surveyor(s) outlining the work to be carried out, how and when it should be done, and any protective measures required to prevent damage. Without a party wall award, you risk causing damage to the neighbouring property that could lead to legal repercussions.

The Role of the Building Owner and Adjoining Owner


Role

Building Owner

Adjoining Owner

Responsibilities

Propose and plan work that could impact the party wall. Serve a party wall notice to the adjoining owner(s) detailing the proposed work, at least two months before work commences.

Respond to the party wall notice within 14 days of receipt. They can consent or dissent.

Rights

Can undertake work on the party wall provided they comply with the Party Wall etc Act 1996 and have served a valid party wall notice.

Can dissent to the notice and trigger the dispute resolution process, requiring the appointment of one or more party wall surveyors.

Potential Issues

If they fail to serve a valid notice or commence work without consent or a party wall award, they may face legal action from the adjoining owner.

If they fail to respond to a notice within 14 days, it's considered dissent and may lead to a more costly dispute resolution process.

Surveyor's Role

If a dispute arises, they can appoint their own surveyor or agree with the adjoining owner to use an 'agreed surveyor'.

They also have the right to appoint their own surveyor or agree to an 'agreed surveyor'. Their surveyor will ensure their interests are protected in the party wall award.

How to Serve a Party Wall Notice


Serving a party wall notice can be complex. As a building owner, you must provide all relevant information and advice to the adjoining owner about your proposed work. If unsure, professional advice from an RICS-registered party wall surveyor can ensure you meet all legal obligations.

What to Do When You Need a Party Wall Surveyor


If the adjoining owner dissents or fails to respond to the party wall notice within 14 days, you'll need a party wall surveyor. In London, party wall surveyors are readily available to help. Look for RICS Chartered Surveyors or Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors members for reliable services.


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Undertaking a Party Wall Survey in London


Party Wall Surveyors in London: Expert Advice and Service


From cutting into a party wall to starting work within 3 metres of a neighbouring property, a party wall surveyor in London can provide the expert party wall advice you need. They can work on residential and commercial properties, ensuring compliance with the Act.

Schedule of Condition: What It Is and Why It Matters


A schedule of condition is a detailed record of the neighbouring property’s condition before work begins. It is essential as it can help resolve disputes if the adjoining owner claims that your work has caused damage to their property.

Appointing a Party Wall Surveyor: Key Considerations


RICS and the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors


When appointing a surveyor, look for accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors. These bodies ensure that their members maintain the highest standards of professional competence.

The Agreed Surveyor: One Party Wall Surveyor for Both Parties


Where both the building owner and the adjoining owner agree, they can appoint one party wall surveyor to act for both parties. This 'agreed surveyor' can save time and costs but must act impartially.

The Consequences of Not Following the Party Wall Act


The Role of the Third Surveyor


A third surveyor can be called upon if the appointed surveyor cannot resolve a dispute. Their decision is final and binding.

What to Do If You're Not Happy with the Service


If you're unhappy with the service, seek further advice or appoint a new surveyor. The RICS can provide guidance.


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Navigating the intricacies of the Party Wall etc Act can be daunting for property owners in London. The legislation is complex, and understanding the responsibilities and rights of the building owner and the neighbour can be challenging. This becomes particularly relevant when dealing with a wall shared by two properties.

If you need party wall advice in London or are having issues with a neighbour's building work, then get in touch with Harding Chartered Surveyors, we are a team of specialist Party Wall Surveyors, and they bring their wealth of experience and expertise to guide you through the process, ensuring you are fully compliant with the Act and helping to avoid potential disputes.

Whether you're planning to undertake work covered by the Party Wall etc Act or a neighbour concerned about the potential impact on your property, Harding Chartered Surveyors can provide the professional advice and assistance you need.

Feel free to contact us for any further queries or to schedule a consultation. We're here to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible, helping you navigate the Party Wall, Act, with confidence and peace of mind.

Party Wall Notices and Party Wall Awards Questions


  1. What does a party wall surveyor do? A party wall surveyor provides advice on party wall matters, serves notices, prepares a schedule of condition, and issues a party wall award.
  2. What is a party wall award? A party wall award is a legal document outlining the work to be carried out, how and when it should be done and any protective measures required.
  3. When do I need to appoint a party wall surveyor? If your neighbour dissents to your party wall notice or fails to respond within 14 days, you must appoint a party wall surveyor.

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