PARTY WALL EXPERTS

Party Wall Surveyors

As the name suggests, The Party Wall etc Act 1996 is there to protect both parties on either side of a boundary wall  -  whether it’s you that is planning the building work or your neighbour.

As members of RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) and the FPWS (Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors), you can be confident of receiving sound advice.

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A Quick Overview

If you live in a semi-detached or terrace house, you share a wall or walls with your neighbour.

The Act becomes applicable when there is planned alterations that could affect the structural integrity or loading of a party wall.  This could include load bearing steels inserted into a shared wall or the construction of new walls on the boundary or  works that require an excavation within 1 metre of a neighbouring property (such as underpinning & basement work).

The Act is designed to enforce a common sense process that avoids or minimises disputes by making sure

• property owners notify their neighbours in advance of proposed works affecting them.

• Adjoining owners have access to expert advice and the right to influence the way in which those works is carried out -  at the expense of the one doing the building works.

The building owner carrying out the works has to notify the adjoining property owner about the planned works at least 2 months before starting the works.

The adjoining owner has 14 days to give written consent or request that an impartial Party Wall Surveyor be appointed for the purposes of drawing up a document called an ‘Award’ which outlines all conditions and commitments relating to the works and the way in which they will be carried out.

 

Who we work with

Whether you are the one carrying out the building works or you’re the adjoining owner, it’s a good idea to take advice from a chartered surveyor and party wall expert.

Most often we act as impartial surveyors for both parties ensuring correct calculations of load bearings, pre-work conditions surveys and a common sense agreement for to how the works are to be carried out so as to avoid damage and unreasonable disruption while maintaining security and privacy for the adjoining owner during the project.

 

Pricing

Initial advice about how the Act applies to your project is always FREE

Thereafter, the pricing can be a fixed fee or an hourly rate depending on whether it is simply a case of facilitating the award
or a more involved role in the project on behalf of the adjoining owner. In all cases it is the building owner carrying out the work who pays the fees.

Building Owner Surveyor


Fixed price from £499 + vat

  • Whats included:

  • Identification of adjoining property owner and address (if not the tenant) so you can comply with the 2 month notice period and avoid delays.
  • Advice on how best to achieve cooperation with your neighbour
  • Drafting and serving the notice
  • Follow up of the notice after 14 days if required
  • Carrying out a schedule of condition survey at the adjoining property before the works start.
  • Drafting, negotiating and agreeing the Award with neighbours surveyor.
  • Serving of the Party Wall Award.

Joint Surveyor


Fixed fee from £699

Your neighbour has the right to appoint their own preferred party wall expert. In most cases this expense is covered by the person doing the build project. For that reason it makes good sense to try and appoint a joint surveyor.

  • Whats included:

  • Drafting, negotiating and agreeing Award with neighbours surveyor.

Adjoining Owner Surveyor


Agreed Fixed fee or hourly rate

In the majority of cases, the adjoining owner surveyor fees are paid for by the the one carrying out the building works.

  • Whats included:

  • Agreeing the schedule of condition survey is an accurate assessment before the works start.
  • Liaising with Building Owner surveyor to negotiate and agree the Award
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