We here at Prinsegate help owners ensure they follow the Party Wall Act procedures legally. Being part of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), we have helped hundreds of homeowners using our years of experience dealing with party wall matters. This is why we are the leading Party Wall Surveyors Surrey residents choose.
For building work to commence on or near to the walls connecting the buildings of two owners, a Party Wall Agreement must be in place as per the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
The award is produced by two Party Wall Surveyors, one acting for the owner and the other for the adjoining owner. It usually consists of:
This agreement is usually based upon a draft document that’s produced by members of the RICS, which gets amended depending on the details of the specific work.
Other items in the award include:
As termed in the Party Wall Act 1996, a Party Wall Surveyor is any person who is not a party to the works. The reason is that it rules out the possibility of an owner acting for themselves. Anyone permitted by the owner can take out an appointment, for example, a surveyor or architect. The chosen person should be well versed with party wall procedures, have the relevant qualifications and have a good knowledge of construction to ensure they give good professional advice.
A Party Wall Notice is often the first time an adjoining owner will hear about the proposed works, and this is often dropped through their letterbox. It’s often advised to inform your neighbour via an informal discussion to help smooth the process.
If the adjoining owner agrees to the works, then no party wall Award will be drawn up. However, virtually all residents will express dissent in order to have a surveyor act for them and produce an Award, which protects both the adjoining owner and building owner. Sometimes, both neighbours will agree on the same surveyor to act for both parties, thereby becoming the ‘Agreed Surveyor’.
If the adjoining owner does not consent within 14 days of receiving the notice of proposed works, the parties are then deemed to be “in dispute”. At this point, both owners will appoint a surveyor and between them, they will agree to the terms of the Party Wall Agreement.
Once a surveyor has been appointed under the act it is important to know that they have a duty act in an entirely impartial manner. This is often difficult for owners to accept as they hired the surveyor to help them, but is an essential aspect of the whole process.
Our team of Chartered Building Surveyors is the popular choice for Party Wall Surveys in London & the Home Counties as we offer:
If you have planned building works but the Party Wall Act is preventing you from going forwards, our Surrey team of Party Wall Surveyors can help. Simply complete the contact form below and we will be back in touch within 24 hours.