Party Wall Surveyor and Advice

Party Wall Matters

As independent specialist Chartered Building Surveyors with a reputation for delivering a high quality professional service across all property sectors in London and the South East, Tim Greenwood & Associates have extensive experience as Party Wall Surveyors. Our expert team is happy to advise on all matters arising from the Party Wall Act etc 1996.

The Party Wall etc Act 1996

The Party Wall Act etc 1996 requires that a property owner carrying out construction or refurbishment work that may affect the wall or floor shared with a neighbour – the Party Wall – must serve written Notice and obtain consent before any work is undertaken. Once appointed our role as a party wall surveyor becomes a Statutory appointment and we are legally obliged to act impartially to ensure the provisions of the party wall act is adhered to in the interest of protecting the party wall.

The Act requires that Notice is served for any building work that could affect the structural integrity or support function of a Party Wall between neighbouring properties, or has the potential to cause damage. This includes underpinning, changing the height of the party wall, cutting into the party wall or installing a damp proof course. The Act also controls excavations carried out in proximity to neighbouring buildings. The legislation is designed to protect both the building owner planning the works and the adjoining owner next door.

If the Party Wall applies to any proposed building works, the process set out in the Act must be followed and administered correctly. Without an in-depth understanding of how to proceed, ongoing site work may be halted while any issues are resolved, causing possible delays and additional cost.

For further information, see our FAQ section for information about adjoining owners, basement party walls and consulting a third surveyors. Alternatively a detailed explanatory Government booklet about Party Wall matters can be downloaded here.

Read more about when Party Wall Notices should be served.

How Tim Greenwood & Associates can help

When faced with a Party Wall issue, it is highly recommended that you seek professional guidance from an experienced Party Wall Surveyor. At Tim Greenwood & Associates, we are able to offer advice as to whether proposed works fall within the remit of the Party Wall legislation. If they do, we can serve formal Notices and agree Party Wall Awards on behalf of building owners.

Our Party Wall Surveyors in Surrey, Sussex and across London can provide detailed information regarding your rights. We are also able to advise adjoining owners of their rights and act on their behalf if Notice is served upon them.

Our expert team will assess the proposed project and the implications for your property and its occupants. The schedule of condition in the award will set out the condition of the adjoining owners property before the works next door start.  That way any damage caused can be identified and fair resolution agreed.  Often owners are not aware of defects in their properties but are more alert to defects when there are building works next door, so if they are not recorded before the works start then the building owner can face inaccurate claims from their neighbours.  To maintain neighbourly relationships we would always recommend that Schedules of Condition are undertaken of neighbours properties if in close proximity to the boundary to avoid neighbourly disputes.

It should be pointed out where the Party Wall etc Act 1996 applies it is a legal requirement to appoint a party wall surveyor. Contact us to avoid any potential problems with proposed works to a party structure. Early awareness of any delay will enable due consideration to be given to the implications of the Party Wall etc Act and the appropriate Notices served and Awards agreed in a timely fashion.

Contact Us

Tim Greenwood & Associates strive to offer every client a first class professional service at a competitive price. For any enquiries regarding Party Wall issues in Surrey, Sussex or London, please speak to our Party Wall Surveyors direct and we will be happy to assist. Contact us on 01737 829070 or simply fill in the contact form on the right hand side of this page.