Party Wall Surveys & Services In Kenilworth

October 13, 2020
Party Wall Surveys & Services In Kenilworth

PARTY WALL SURVEYORS IN Kenilworth

For over 20 years, partywallsolutions.net have been trusted as renowned Party Wall specialists to deliver projects and secure people's homes in Kenilworth.

WHAT IS PARTY WALL?

Alterations to party structures (typically walls, but sometimes include floors), new wall construction at the boundary, and excavation near to neighbouring buildings are all governed by the Party Wall etc. Act of 1996.

Work such as these is most likely to fall under the purview of the Act because of the following reasons:

  • As part of a loft conversion, decreasing the amount of light penetrating a party wall.
  • Getting rid of smokeshaft breasts that are affixed to a party wall
  • The proposed extension's excavation site must be no more than three metres from any existing or shared walls.
  • Assisting with a subterranean extension by underpinning a shared wall

When work is covered by the Act, the building owner must give notice and get permission from the affected adjacent owner. If permission is not given, the parties are considered to be "in dispute" under the Act, and surveyors must be chosen so that the dispute can be resolved through a Party Wall Agreement (in practise known as an "Award").

If the two designated surveyors can't settle their differences over the disputed issues, they can bring in a third surveyor.

Party Wall Solutions in Kenilworth has a crack team of 12 professionals, including trained party wall surveyors, assistant surveyors, and expert party wall managers, to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch.

From our hub in Kenilworth, we serve the entire inner M25 area, so if you're planning any kind of construction within the scope of the Act or have received a notice informing you of proposed construction that might affect your property, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us for some advice.

Party Wall Surveys & Services In Kenilworth

Party Wall Solutions in Kenilworth, like all of our property inspections, is available for both residential and commercial buildings. Party Wall Surveys, carried out by qualified RICS surveyors, are unbiased and conducted by a third party.
A Party Wall is a shared boundary between two properties for which maintenance is the duty of both property owners. When it comes to your home, our Party Wall Surveyors in Kenilworth can offer expert guidance on a wide range of Party Wall concerns.

What Is A Party Wall Survey?

Under the Party Wall Act of 1996, a Party Wall Surveyor is usually employed to aid with the preparation and management of a Party Wall Honor or Agreement between properties that share a Party Wall.

Surveyors for Party Wall Solutions in Kenilworth may be hired by either the Building Owner or the Adjacent Owner to assess the condition of the Party Wall and its location in relation to the two properties in question, as well as to offer impartial guidance to the Building Owner or the Adjacent Owner regarding any proposed structural alterations or repairs.

When building a party wall, should I hire a professional surveyor?

Our Party Wall Surveyors can help if you want to do any of the following:

  • Construction of a new boundary wall between two houses.
  • Dismantling a Party Wall (for example, removal of a chimney bust or insertion of a steel sustaining beam).
  • Party Wall Demolition & Repair Work.
  • Dismantling or re-constructing a boundary wall in response to a Line of Junction Order.
  • Work being done a few metres from the footings of a neighbouring home.

Any work that involves a Party Wall necessitates the service of a Party Wall Notice.

Why Should You Select Party Wall Solutions As Your Party Wall Surveyors?

If you need party wall surveys, why should you go with Party Wall Solutions?
We are regularly asked to handle Party Wall concerns of various complexity on behalf of building owners and neighbouring proprietors in our capacity as unbiased and independent RICS Surveyors.
Our licenced Party Wall Surveyors in Kenilworth are active participants in the Professors of Party Wall Surveyors as well as the Pyramus & Thisbe Club.
As the building's owner, you should always encourage your neighbour to maintain an open and friendly relationship with you before serving Party Wall Notices.

We are Experienced Party Wall Surveyors and Building Surveyors

That We Are

We have seasoned RICS Chartered Surveyors, Members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Members of the Chartered Institute of Building, RICS Registered Valuers, and RICS Accredited Mediators, as well as offices in North Kenilworth, Central Kenilworth, and Surrey.

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What We Do

Our surveyors focus on domestic inspections, but we also offer commercial and boundary wall mediation services, as well as residential and commercial property valuations, pre-purchase surveys, and party wall agreements. We are knowledgeable, capable, and available to help you with any Evaluating needs you may have.

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How We Do It

When it comes to Party Wall Evaluating and Residential Evaluating, our Chartered Surveyors and Structure Surveyors at Party Wall Solutions Surveyors are unrivalled in both skill and experience. Our state-of-the-art client portal will keep you informed at every stage of the Surveying process.

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A PARTY WALL AGREEMENT: DO I NEED ONE?

When is a party wall contract or notice (sometimes shortened to "party wall honour") necessary? Get the permits you need to complete your building projects with the help of our comprehensive guide. And where to locate a party wall surveyor if you ever find yourself in need of one.

Is a party wall agreement necessary under what circumstances?

  • The common wall between two properties, whether they are attached (as in a balcony) or detached (as in semi-detached), is known as a "party wall."
  • Extensive landscaping work that crosses a property line or involves digging near a neighbour's house (within three or 6 meters, depending upon the depth of the brand-new structures).
  • Loft conversions, the installation of wet evidence courses, and the excavation of new foundations are three examples of common home improvement projects that necessitate Party Wall Agreements (as would be required in developing an expansion).

Obtaining approval for work on party walls.

  • The owner of the property (the Building Proprietor) will need a formal Party Wall Arrangement from all adjacent property owners before any work can begin on the party wall (Adjoining Proprietors).
  • Alternatively, a surveyor should be hired to draught a Party Wall Award (the agreed file describing exactly how the works need to advance). Save time and energy by using our no-cost Party Wall Surveyor service to quickly locate reliable specialists in your area.
  • First, the homeowner must give written notice to their neighbours about the planned party wall activities by serving a Party Wall Notice.

Serving a party wall notice.

Notice can be served for free by using the appropriate common forms or hiring a party wall surveyor at a flat rate. Commonly, a letter of commendation is included for the neighbour to finish and return.

Construction projects that will affect a party wall or boundary require two months' written notice from the homeowner, while excavations only require one month's notice.

A Party Wall notice can be served without the need for planning permission, and once served, the property owner has up to a year to begin the work.

Gaining acceptance.

There are three possible outcomes once a neighbour has been given fourteen days to react to a notice that has been served.

i) If a neighbour accepts a repair proposal from a homeowner, it is because the neighbour trusts that the homeowner will actually fix the problems.

  • Such uncomplicated situations do not call for the appointment of a party wall surveyor or the creation of a Party Wall Award.
  • The owner should take photos of the party wall on a regular basis and should keep written records of any damage, with copies given to both the tenant and the landlord.
  • Or, a surveyor might be brought in to create a schedule and assess the situation, with the goal of avoiding disagreements down the road. This must be completed quickly before the actual job can begin.

ii) A Party Wall Honor must be held if the neighbour objects (or if they do not respond within 2 weeks, at which point it is assumed that they object).

In this case, the homeowner and the neighbour can work together to choose a single surveyor who will act in their best interests without favouring one side over the other.

The agreed upon surveyor must be impartial and NOT the same surveyor the homeowner may use for their own projects. Unless they do, their next-door neighbour is not likely to accept the surveyor's impartiality.

An "Honor" with the recommended repairs and a photographic record of the ongoing issues at the neighbor's property is compiled by the Appointed Surveyor.

A party wall award and surveyor's fees might cost around £1000.00.

A few engineers also have the skills to act as surveyors.


iii) The owners choose their own surveyor. However, this can get expensive for the homeowner, who must pay for their surveyor and the neighbours.

The notice should make it clear to the neighbour what options are available to them.

Keeping in contact with one's neighbours.

  • It's best to talk to your neighbour before shoving a Party Wall notice through their letterbox, which can be an intimidating step.
  • The simple act of sharing a cup of tea can do wonders for building rapport and alleviating tensions. It's a chance to show rough draughts and explain future plans. Worth noting is the fact that an official announcement will be made at a later time.
  • Your neighbour may want the name and number of your surveyor and/or construction company for their own research and piece of mind.

Typical errors.

  • i) Failing to provide sufficient warning.
  • ii) Not teaching all of the influenced neighbours. Both the owner and anyone with a leasehold of more than a year fall into this category. If you live in a terraced house, the renovations may affect your neighbours on both sides. Someone who owns a house and also rents out units may need to give notice to a number of people. Verify the ownership of a property using the Land Registry Database.
  • iii)The proposal is too vague or lacks the necessary detail. For example, when posting a notice about upcoming excavations, specifics on the building's design are required.
  • iv) Giving insufficient notice or the wrong kind of notice. Different notification requirements apply to excavating foundations versus party walls.
    Some construction projects have several notice requirements for neighbours.

Timeline

  • If the party wall award has been settled upon, construction can begin two months and a day later.
  • Within a year or so, construction work should have commenced.

Party walls as well as structure job

Creating a binding agreement with nearby property owners

You can do the following once you've informed your neighbour:

  • give consent in writing
  • rejecting consent will force the parties to begin the process of resolving their differences.
  • If they stand to gain financially from the jobs, react with a notification demanding more work be completed concurrently (at their expense).

Within 2 weeks of receiving your notice, your neighbour must let you know in writing whether or not they agree with it, and vice versa if you wish to issue a counter notice. You have one month from the date of the initial notification to issue a counter notice.

The notice calls for action from your neighbours. You can't assume that inactivity indicates acceptance of the positions offered.

If they don't react to your notice within the allotted period, the dispute resolution process will also commence.

That pays for the work.

If you start construction work on a party wall, the other party has the right to demand payment.

If the work must be performed owing to defects or a lack of repair service, your neighbour may be required to pay a portion of the cost. If they want extra work done that will benefit them, they will have to pay for it.

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