When building work is taking place on or near to a boundary shared between two properties, the Party Wall Act governs that both parties must agree for the work to take place. At Seven One Associates in London, we specialise in party wall matters, offering a professional and personal service for residential and commercial owners and occupants affected by party wall matters. Our team of party wall surveyors are vastly experienced in the sector and will be happy to answer any questions you have, so please do not hesitate to contact us.
Seven One Associates provide an all-inclusive service, covering all party wall matters, from reviewing your construction plans and structural calculations and serving notices that you intend to carry out works to preparing a schedule of conditions and serving party wall awards. Moreover, if you have received a party wall notice, feel free to contact us. Our Party Wall Surveyors will provide you with a free consultation and can assist you further in responding and creating a party wall award.
We understand that many people are unfamiliar with the Party Wall Act and will not fully understand how it applies to them. Depending on whether you are a building owner (carrying out the works) or an adjoining owner (neighbour affected by the works), you will be affected in different ways, which are discussed below.
Types of work covered under the Party Wall Act:
If you are carrying out works that will be covered under the act, you will need to follow the correct procedures. If you’re unsure about your work being ‘notifiable’ under the act, feel free to contact our helpful team.
Step 1 – Serving Notices
Step 2 – What Happens after Giving Notices?
Step 3 – Surveyor’s Duties
Your neighbour should be serving party wall notices when they intend to carry out works. If you haven’t received any notices, please do get in touch with us to assist you further. The notice/s will detail what works are being carried that will affect you and is covered under the Party Wall Act
You should always appoint a party wall surveyor, regardless of whether you get on with your neighbour or not. Party wall surveyors will detail the current condition of your property before the works begin, and should there be any damage after the works begin, the surveyors will be able to judge the extent of those damages. However, most importantly, when there is a dispute once works commence, the party wall surveyor is the independent body that can make judgements to such disputes.
The surveyor’s costs are paid by the person carrying out the works
Get in touch with the team at Seven One Associates, and we will assist you further by providing advice on how to respond to the notice. You are within your rights to request that an award is drawn up to protect your own property as well as a schedule of conditions (condition report of your property).