Party Wall Surveyors

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. A building owner proposing to start work covered by the Act must give adjoining owners notice of their intentions in the way set down in the Act. Adjoining owners can agree or disagree with what is proposed. Where they disagree, the Act provides a mechanism for resolving disputes. The act covers work that may include:

  • Converting a loft which includes cutting into boundary walls to support new beams.
  • Underpinning, inserting a damp-proof course, extending above a storey which lies on the boundary.
  • Underpinning a party wall for a basement extension.
  • Removing chimney breasts that are attached to a party wall.

The building owner must serve a notice and obtain the effected adjoining owner(s) consent; This can involve many owners, for example where the property is a flat. Notices are usually prepared by a Party Wall Surveyor. If consent is obtained the work can proceed. If the neighbour dissents or is deemed to dissent they can appoint a surveyor of their own, after which both Party Wall Surveyors agree and prepare the Party Wall Award and if required, a third surveyor to mediate so that disputes can be resolved. Alternatively, there can be a single Agreed Surveyor who will act for both Owners who will in turn prepare and serve a Party Wall Award.

Party Wall Surveyors appointed under the Act have a ‘quasi-judicial’ function meaning they should be impartial and not favour their Owners.

Please note: Under the Act, If you are an adjoining owner and your neighbour is carrying out works then they are generally required to pay your Party Wall fees.

Party Wall Surveyors

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. A building owner proposing to start work covered by the Act must give adjoining owners notice of their intentions in the way set down in the Act. Adjoining owners can agree or disagree with what is proposed. Where they disagree, the Act provides a mechanism for resolving disputes. The act covers work that may include:

  • Converting a loft which includes cutting into boundary walls to support new beams.
  • Underpinning, inserting a damp-proof course, extending above a storey which lies on the boundary.
  • Underpinning a party wall for a basement extension.
  • Removing chimney breasts that are attached to a party wall.

The building owner must serve a notice and obtain the effected adjoining owner(s) consent; This can involve many owners, for example where the property is a flat. Notices are usually prepared by a Party Wall Surveyor. If consent is obtained the work can proceed. If the neighbour dissents or is deemed to dissent they can appoint a surveyor of their own, after which both Party Wall Surveyors agree and prepare the Party Wall Award and if required, a third surveyor to mediate so that disputes can be resolved. Alternatively, there can be a single Agreed Surveyor who will act for both Owners who will in turn prepare and serve a Party Wall Award.

Party Wall Surveyors appointed under the Act have a ‘quasi-judicial’ function meaning they should be impartial and not favour their Owners.

Please note: Under the Act, If you are an adjoining owner and your neighbour is carrying out works then they are generally required to pay your Party Wall fees.

Why Choose Us

Our local knowledge, expertise and comprehensive resources allows us to provide Party Wall advice for residential and commercial party wall matters. We work to the highest standards and you can be rest assured of good advice.

Services to the building owner include:

  • Preparing and agreeing a party wall agreement/party wall award.
  • Producing a schedule of the condition of the neighbouring properties, to ensure that you are not held responsible for any pre-existing defects.
  • Identifying exactly which neighbouring properties fall within Act..
  • Serving the party wall notices.

Services to the adjoining owner include:

  • Advising on your rights under the Party Wall Act.
  • Ensuring all controls are in place to minimise the risk of damage to your property.
  • Reviewing the condition post works and identifying any damage to your property.

Areas Covered Include:
  • Acton W3
  • Balham SW12
  • Barnes SW13
  • Battersea SW11
  • Bayswater W2
  • Belgravia SW1
  • Belsize Park NW8
  • Bow E3
  • Brixton SW2
  • Camden N1
  • Chelsea SW3, SW10
  • Chiswick W4
  • Clapham SW4
  • Clerkenwell EC1
  • Crystal Palace SE19
  • Ealing W5, W7, W13
  • Earls Court SW5
  • Finsbury N4
  • Fulham SW6
  • Hammersmith W6
  • Hampstead NW3
  • Highgate N6
  • Holland Park W11
  • Islington N1
  • Kennington SW8
  • Kensington SW7
  • Kilburn NW6
  • Maida Vale W9
  • Marylebone NW1
  • Mayfair W1
  • Notting Hill W11
  • Oval SW8
  • Pimlico SW1
  • Putney SW15
  • Raynes Park SW20
  • Richmond TW9
  • Sheen SW14
  • Shepherds Bush W14
  • Southfields SW18
  • St John's Wood NW8
  • Stockwell SW8, SW9
  • Streatham SW2, SW16
  • Tooting SW17
  • Vauxhall SW8
  • Victoria SW1
  • Wandsworth SW18
  • Westminster SW1
  • Wimbledon SW19
Postcodes covered include:
  • SW1-SW20
  • W1-W14
  • SE1-SE27
  • NW1-NW6
  • N1-N22
  • WC1 & WC2
  • EC1-EC4
  • E1-E20
  • KT1-KT10
  • TW9 & TW10
  • CR0-CR8

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