Schedules of Condition

Before work starts involving a neighbouring property or a developer, it is prudent to record the condition of buildings, surfaces, and materials which might be affected by the works. If you are a developer, then you don’t want to be accused of causing cracks to a wall or floor which did not exist before. Or, if there were cracks existing, they need to be recorded as to the type of crack, position, size, and date.

Arun Associates have prepared schedules of condition for large developments and smaller projects too. These are usually a combination of photographs plus text description. As the schedules may sometimes be used as evidence in a dispute situation, you need to be sure whosoever you appoint to prepare these schedules, is competent and will not miss items.

Whilst there is no part of The Party Wall etc., Act 1996 that specifically requires such a schedule, it is often prepared as a precursor to building works commencing. It is also possible to require a schedule of condition where The Party Wall etc Act 1996 does not apply. See this as a sort of insurance policy. A Schedule of condition benefits all the relevant parties, and is prepared impartially, either by one of our building surveyors, or in conjunction with another parties’ surveyors.

Either way, Arun Associates have been preparing Schedules of Condition on commercial and residential projects for many years, so are fully experienced in such matters. Where there are Party Wall matters, the schedule of condition is often annexed to a Party Wall Award, as a supporting document.

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