Party wall surveys

Whether you are a property owner having construction work carried out and require a Party Wall agreement with your neighbours to facilitate the construction work, or the adjoining owner and have been served a Notice under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 by your neighbour and want the protection of the Party Wall, etc. Act 1996. We are happy to act for you.

We have 43 years of experience in surveying and management within the construction industry, have been trained and are members of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.

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A party wall agreement is typically required when construction or renovation work is planned on or near a shared boundary between two properties. The purpose of the agreement is to regulate the rights and responsibilities of property owners concerning the party wall or structure. Here are some common scenarios in which you might need a party wall agreement:

1. Building on or at the Boundary Line (Line of junction).

If you plan to build a new wall or structure on or astride the boundary line between your property and your neighbour’s.

2. Excavation Near a Party Wall.

If you intend to excavate within 3-6 metres of a neighbouring property.

3. Modifications to a Party Wall.

If you plan to alter, repair, or strengthen a party wall.

4. Work on an Existing Party Wall:

If your construction work involves work on an existing party wall (such as cutting into it to insert beams).

open communication with your neighbours and keeping them informed about your plans can help prevent disputes and facilitate obtaining a party wall agreement if necessary.

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A party wall agreement, also known as a party wall award, serves several important purposes when construction or renovation work is planned on or near a shared boundary between two properties. The key functions of a party wall agreement include:

1. Clarifying Rights and Responsibilities:

The agreement outlines the rights and responsibilities of each property owner concerning the party wall or structure. It specifies what each party can do and how they should conduct themselves during and after the construction work.

2. Protecting Adjoining Properties.

One of the primary purposes of a party wall agreement is to ensure that the construction work does not adversely affect the stability, safety, or integrity of the neighbouring properties. The agreement may include provisions for protecting adjoining properties from potential damage.

3. Detailing the Scope of Work.

The agreement defines the scope of the construction work that will be carried out on or near the party wall. This includes specific details about the type of work, its extent, and the materials to be used.

4. Providing Access Rights.

The agreement may grant the property owner carrying out the work access rights to the neighbouring property to carry out the construction. This could include the right to enter the neighbour’s property to perform necessary tasks.

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5. Resolving Disputes.

In the event of a dispute between the property owners, the party wall agreement provides a framework for resolving issues. This could involve the appointment of a surveyor to assess the situation, determine the appropriate course of action, and ensure fair resolution.

6. Establishing Compensation Mechanisms.

If damage occurs to the adjoining property due to the construction work, the agreement may specify mechanisms for compensation. This could include the cost of repairs or other agreed-upon arrangements.

7. Neighbourly Relations.

Obtaining a party wall agreement involves notifying your neighbours about your construction plans. This proactive approach can help maintain positive relationships with your neighbours and reduce the likelihood of disputes or conflicts during and after the construction process.

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