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Being served with a legal notice of intended works to an
Adjoining Owner of the property by the Building Owner can seem daunting. Having to issue a legal notice to a neighbour can feel like a heavy task
too. Without knowing what to do next, it can often seem like you are in the dark. The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 (the Act) can be confusing for some
professionals let alone the general public.
If you are served with a notice you should consult an experienced
Party Wall Surveyor immediately to resolve any issues developing between neighbours. At this early stage its crucial to ensuring the process runs smoothly, and the Act provides a framework to achieve
Whilst the Act is in place to protect both the Building Owner and
the Adjoining Owners and in fact all parties involved including leaseholders and some long-term tenants. The terminology and specifics of the Act can be difficult to navigate without the right
Talking to a seasoned professional can help you make the right
decisions, with a clear outline of what to do next. We are here to help all initial advice is free always.
At Certified Building Surveyors our team of six experienced Party
Wall surveyors are ready to guide you through the ins and outs of the Act.
We specialise in the Act and are on hand to offer clear,
impartial advice and guidance specific to your needs.
If you are planning to carry out works you must serve a notice
upon your neighbours, we will help you through the process from start to finish.
We will make sure you are equipped with the right knowledge to
move on to the next step.
If you have received a notice from a neighbour and need some
advice, our expert team can answer any questions you may have related to the Act, what your rights are and where you stand. It is important to have professional advice when you need it
The Party Wall Award
A Party Wall Award is a legally binding document drafted by a Party Wall Surveyor. A
Building Owner cannot act as his own Surveyor even if he has suitable qualifications the Act does not allow that involvement. The Award sets out the rights and responsibilities of the Building Owner
instigating the development works.
The Party Wall Surveyor can act as an “Agreed” Surveyor for all parties or as the
Building Owners Surveyor working with the Adjoining Owners Surveyor to jointly agreed the Award. The Award describes the works to be carried out that relate to notifiable works under the Party Wall
etc. Act 1996 (the Act).
The Award sets out the timing and manner of the proposed works and can include drawings, method statements, structural calculations,
details of loadings or excavations.
The Act provides the Building Owner is responsible to make good any damage caused by his contractors to the Adjoining Owners property.
This can be a sum of money determined by the Surveyor of being allowed to make good the damage himself. Although not even mentioned in the Act it is best practice to include a schedule of condition
of the Adjoining Owners property in the Award. This document describes the current condition of the Party wall before works commence and is accompanied by digital images of any relevant
The schedule of condition then acts as a point of reference if notifiable works cause
damage to the Adjoining Owners property.
Because the Award is a legal document, we recommend the Award is stored in a safe place ideally with the title Deeds of the property. The
Award is both a useful reference to the works undertaken, and some Awards provide permission for future works to be financially accountable as well as identifying which ownership instigated them.
A retrospective Award can only be served if no notices for notifiable works have been served under the Act and in the event, damage has
been caused to the Adjoining Owners property.
Our unbeatable fees for Party Wall Surveyor appointments
£49.00 + VAT Per Notice.
£350.00 + VAT Per Schedule of Condition (alone, discounts for
£395.00 + VAT Per Award. Without a Schedule of
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Working as the "Agreed
Surveyor" our fees are:
One Adjoining Owner £695.00 + VAT to include Notice, Schedule of
condition and Award.
Two Adjoining Owners £895.00 + VAT to include Notice, Schedule of
condition and Award.
Three Adjoining Owners £1095.00 + VAT to include Notice, Schedule
of condition and Award.
Four Adjoining Owners £1295.00 + VAT to include Notice, Schedule
of condition and Award.
These prices are for any project large or small and include all
Notices, Surveys and Awards. There are no extras. But exclude basements.
All undertaken by professionally qualified and insured Party Wall
These prices include our RICS Surveyors and Chartered
Dissents to notices are costed at £200.00 + VAT
50% Deposit by Pay Pal, Credit Card or bank transfer. Protection under
section 75 the consumer credit act applies.
50% on completion by bank transfer only.
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