Party Wall Surveyors

If you are planning a building project involving work that might have an impact on neighbouring properties, you will need to consider your rights and obligations under the Party Wall etc Act 1996. It is vitally important that you understand the provisions of the Act and follow the necessary processes by taking expert advice at an early stage.

If you are a neighbour to a proposed building project, you may have concerns about the possible impact upon you and your property and would welcome expert help to safeguard your interests.

The Act provides a procedure whereby neighbours are notified and if there are concerns, party wall surveyors become involved. Either a surveyor is appointed by each party, or a single ‘agreed surveyor’ is appointed between parties.

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 has implications for the following:-

  • Work to a shared wall between properties or to a wall that straddles the boundary
  • Building a new wall astride or up to the boundary line
  • Excavating within 3m or 6m of an adjoining building or structure

This type of work will inevitably require you to consult adjoining owners and this can sometimes lead to party wall disputes.

What does a party wall surveyor do?

  • Reviews the proposals
  • Writes a party wall award, to ensure that works respect the rights of both parties
  • Prepares a Schedule of Condition recording the condition of the adjoining owner’s property

How we can help

Rumball Sedgwick’s reputation for professionalism and impartiality often means that in many cases, we act as the sole agreed party wall surveyor, which is swifter and more cost-effective. Additionally we are a member of the P&T club, which ensures our up to date knowledge of party wall legislation.

Rumball Sedgwick’s party wall surveyors have extensive experience of the construction and legal procedures laid down by the Party Wall etc Act 1996. We are able to provide a comprehensive party wall service, which includes:-

  • Reviewing proposals and advising building owners and adjoining owners of their rights and responsibilities
  • Liaising with other construction professionals and legal advisors on design and technical issues
  • Serving and responding to formal notices
  • Inspecting adjoining properties and preparing Schedules of Condition
  • Negotiating and agreeing party wall awards
  • Free guidance at any early stage without obligation

You can be assured that our party wall surveyors will enable building work to proceed legally and without unnecessary cost, delay or inconvenience, ensuring that the rights and duties of both parties are fully understood at all stages of the process.

For more information on any aspect of party wall requirements, please call our team today on 01923 200096.