We have long experience of dealing with party wall matters and other boundary issues between neighbours. With the introduction of the Party Wall etc Act 1996, statutory procedures now apply to the whole of England and Wales. We are able to give advice on a professional footing and to accept statutory appointments under the Act either for building owner or adjoining owner. You must tell your neighbours if you want to carry out any building work near or on your shared property boundary, or ‘party wall’, in England and Wales.
What is a party wall Award?
A Party wall Award allows building owners to lawfully undertake work at or close to the party wall. It is a legally binding document that safeguards the rights of the respective parties and is drawn up by specialist party wall surveyors. The Party wall award is a document which clearly sets out the nature of the works intended and a guideline governing how the proposed works should progress. This protects both parties either side of the party wall from damage, claims and lengthy legal battles.
In the majority of cases the surveyors will produce a written schedule of the relevant parts of the adjoining owners premises called a schedule of condition. This document means that the surveyors have a point of reference and can return to the property after the works have been completed to identify any damage that may have occurred.
What are the costs involved?
In most circumstances, the costs involved in drawing up a party wall award are paid for by the building owner who is proposing to do work as the work will only benefit him or her. There are however situations where fees may be apportioned between the parties, usually when the adjoining owner will derive some benefit from the works.
If you have any questions or need any assistance with any Party wall matters, please contact David Moon or Tony Guergis on 020 7637 1066 for further information.