The Party Wall etc. Act 1996
The Party Wall Act overs three distinct types of work:
1. Alterations to a shared (Party) wall.
2. The construction of new walls on the boundary.
3. Excavation work close to neighbouring properties.
Where work falls within the scope of the Act it is necessary for a Building Owner to serve notice and obtain the affected Adjoinging Owner's consent; if that consent is not forthcoming the parties are deemed to be 'in dispute' under the Act and surveyors must be appointed so that the dispute can be resolved by way of a Party Wall Agreement (technically called the 'Award).
The Adjoining Owners definition
Often an Adjoining Owner only becomes aware of their neighbour's plans to extend when a Party Wall Notice is served upon them. An Adjoining Owner has the option to either consent or reject a notice - if no response is made within 14 days the parties are deemed to be in dispute under the act. Where a dispute arises each owner must appoint a Surveyor so that a Party Wall Award can be agreed.
Although not stated in the Act the Surveyors will request that their reasonbale fees must be paid by the Owner undertaking the works.
The Building Owner Defintion
A Building Owner planning to undertake works that fall within the scope of the Act should start planning early because there are exact periods of Notice and these are 1 and 2 months depending upon the type of work.
However, it should be noted where complex works are to be undertaken it can take longer than that for an Award to be agreed.
Essential advice is that Building Owners speak to their neighbours before serving the formal Notice. Neighbours that feel that they are being kept informed are far less likely to immediatley appoint a Surveyor when a formal Notice is served and often, unnecessarily, run up a large bill for the Surveyor's fees.
It is our expert advice that Building Owners have their plans checked over by an experienced Party Wall Surveyor to confirm whether the works come within the scope of the Act and if necessary draft the required Notice (s). Our specialist Party Wall Surveyors offer that service for a flat fee of £49 plus VAT.
The Act allows for the same Surveyor to be appointed by each of the Owners in that scenario the Surveyor will act as 'Agreed' and impartially regulate matters affecting both Owners. By having a Surveyor draft the Notice a Building Owner can increase their chances of having that Surveyor adopted as 'Agreed' which help to keep the costs down on small projects.
We cover all of London and the South East and have a full time dedicated team of six Party Wall Surveyors. We also are the most cost effective Party Wall Surveying practice in London offering low price Party Wall solutions and Awards including fixed packages from £695.00 + VAT.
An Award only costs just £395.00 + VAT this includes Central London, Kensington and Chelsea, Camden, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets, Hammersmith, Wandsworth, Hackney, Greenwich, City of London, Southwark, Barnet, Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Harrow, Redbridge, Richmond, Waltham Forest and all London Postcodes.
We don't charge extra for exclusive London postcodes for Party Wall services the costs is the same irrespective of your location in London for any of our Party Wall Services.
The South East includes Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Berkshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Suffolk and Sussex.
Our London Party Wall Surveyors serve Notices under the Act from £49.00 + VAT each.
London Schedule of conditions are £350.00 + VAT each.
London Structual Surveys and calculations from £450.00 + VAT
Our London Structural Engineers are all MIStrucE qualified and fully insured with professional indemnity to a limit of £1,000,000 per Survey.
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