Alterations to party structures (often walls but also floors), new boundary walls, and excavation close to neighbouring homes are all included in the scope of the Party Wall Act of 1996.
Some typical examples of work that may fall within the Act's protections include the following:
Where work is covered by the Act, the building owner must give notice and get permission from the damaged adjoining owner; if permission is not given, the parties are considered to be "in dispute" under the Act, and surveyors must be appointed to resolve the dispute through a Party Wall Agreement (technically called a "Award").
If the two surveyors can't settle their differences over any of the contested points, they can submit the case to a neutral third party.
We at Party Wall Solutions in Sandbach employ a full complement of twelve professionals, including expert surveyors, assistants, and managers, to make sure that your project goes off without a hitch.
Our network of Sandbach offices serves the entire inner M25 area, so if you're planning any kind of project work that falls within the scope of the Act, or if you've received a notice informing you of suggested projects that may affect your property, you're more than welcome to get in touch with us for advice.
Our Party Wall Studies in Sandbach, like all of our other construction Surveyors who are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) carry out Party Wall Surveys, and they do it impartially and independently.
When two or more property owners agree to share responsibility for a dividing wall between their properties, the wall is called a "Party Wall." Our Party Wall Surveyors in Sandbach have the training and experience to advise you on a wide range of Party Wall concerns related to your home.
A Party Wall Surveyor is a professional who is hired to assist in the preparation and management of a Party Wall Award or Contract in accordance with the Party Wall Act of 1996, which applies in cases where two or more buildings share a Party Wall.
Party Wall Solutions Surveyors in Sandbach, working for either the Building Owner or the Next-Door Neighbour, evaluate the Party Wall's composition and its location in relation to the two properties, and they can also provide unbiased advice to either homeowner regarding any proposed alterations to the building or repairs that may be necessary.
If you're contemplating any of the following, you might benefit from the advice of our Party Wall Surveyors:
Any work done in close proximity to a Party Wall requires prior Party Wall Notices.
We regularly assist building owners and adjoining property owners with Party Wall issues of varying complexity as independent and unbiased RICS Surveyors.
Our regulated firm of Chartered Surveyors employs Party Wall Surveyors who are active participants in the profession by virtue of their membership in the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors and the Pyramus & Thisbe Club.
As the building owner, you should always keep an open line of communication with your neighbour before distributing Party Wall Notices.
When is a party wall award (also known as a party wall notification) or agreement required? Our manual provides the solutions you need to get the required permissions to carry out your building projects. Moreover, where to go for a party wall surveyor specifically, should you find yourself in need of one?
When proper basic forms are used, serving notice is free of charge; however, hiring a party wall surveyor to conduct it for you will cost you a set amount. A letter of thanks to the neighbour to finish and return is also included.
When a property owner is planning to excavate on their land or perform any work that could affect a party wall or boundary, they are required to give at least one month's notice.
It is not necessary to get permission to serve a Party Wall notice, and once served, the homeowner has up to a year to begin construction.
A neighbour has fourteen days from the date of service to respond, at which point one of three scenarios can occur:
i) The neighbour will sign an agreement if the property owner agrees to fix any problems.
ii) A Party Wall Award is required if the neighbour objects (or if they do not answer within 14 days, in which case they are considered to have objected).
Within the allotted time frame, usually no more than ten days, the homeowner and neighbour can agree on a single Concurred Surveyor who will work in a neutral capacity.
The appointed surveyor must be separate from any surveyor the homeowner may be using for their own projects. If the neighbour doesn't see the surveyor as impartial, the situation could get ugly.
The "Honor" prepared by the Agreed Surveyor describes the anticipated work and includes a photographic schedule of the neighbor's home's current state.
A party wall honour and surveyor will set you back something in the neighbourhood of £1000.00. This is the rate range for hiring a surveyor.
A few architects can also do surveying.
iii)Each individual property owner appoints their own surveyor. This can get costly for homeowners because they are responsible for both their own surveying costs and those of their neighbours.
The notice must spell out all the alternatives open to the neighbour.
After receiving actual notice, a neighbour may:
If your neighbour agrees to your notice, they must let you know in writing within 14 days, and you must do the same if you choose to issue a counternotice. A counter-notice must be given within one month after the initial notice.
The notification calls for a response from the neighbours. No action on their part should not be interpreted as approval of your efforts.
If they don't respond to your notice within the given period, the dispute resolution process will also begin without them.
Any kind of construction job that you initiate on a party wall is your responsibility to fund.
If the work must be performed as a result of issues or a lack of repair work, your neighbour may be required to pay a portion of the cost. If they want extra work done for their benefit, that will cost them money as well.