Party Wall Surveys

Party Wall Services & Rates

CSA offer a very flexible Party Wall Surveying service and are able to undertake Surveys during evenings and weekends if required. As our testimonials reflect, we always keep our clients up to date and informed so they know and understand the process completely. Most importantly we are dedicated to resolving problems between neighbours rather than making money from a dispute, and this is reflected by our fixed fees.

The main Services that we provide excluding VAT are:

  • Party Wall Notice- FREE (see downloads)
  • Party Wall Surveys – From £550.00 + VAT
  • Party Wall Act – Training Courses – Price Available on Request.

Party Wall Services & Rates

CSA offer a very flexible Party Wall Surveying service and are able to undertake Surveys during evenings and weekends if required. As our testimonials reflect, we always keep our clients up to date and informed so they know and understand the process completely. Most importantly we are dedicated to resolving problems between neighbours rather than making money from a dispute, and this is reflected by our fixed fees.

The main Services that we provide excluding VAT are:

  • Party wall notice – £25.00 + VAT
  • Option A – Party wall agreement and schedule of conditions – £550.00 + VAT
  • Option B – Party wall award and schedule of conditions – £850.00 + VAT
  • Additional Site Visits (If Required)  – £150 + VAT
  • Completion Visit (If required) – £150 + VAT

About the Act

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 requires Building Owners to serve Notices on their neighbours when:

  • building on or up to a boundary line;
  • carrying out works to a wall or structure built on the boundary line;
  • excavating in close proximity to the neighbour’s property.

The Party Wall Act sets down the rights & duties of owners undertaking such works and provides protection to the Adjoining Owners.

The Party Wall Surveyor’s duty is to examine the proposed works, ensure that they are properly designed and are executed in a manner which is not likely to cause damage to adjoining buildings or property.

In the unlikely event damage does occur, the party wall surveyors can award damages so the adjoining owners property is protected.

The Party wall Act also grants rights of access to both party wall surveyors and to building owners, allowing surveyors to make all required inspections and allowing building owners and their builders rights of access, erecting of scaffolding etc on the adjoining owners’ land.

I’m Doing the Work(Building Owner)

Party Wall Notices

If you are planning works that fall under the Party Wall etc Act 1996, notice needs to be served on all parties concerned, e.g. leaseholders, freeholders.
Under the Party Wall etc Act 1996 there are specified timescales that need to adhered to (this applies to both the Building and Adjoining Owner).

Serving a Notice/s yourself is a way you could save money but please be aware that if the Notice’s are incorrect in any way and a dispute arises they could be deemed invalid and as a result  new Notices will have to be served and the notice period will start again.
If you would like any further advice on Notices or would like CSA to serve a Notice/s on your behalf, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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I’m Doing the Work(Building Owner)

Party Wall Notices

If you are planning works that fall under the Party Wall etc Act 1996, notice needs to be served on all parties concerned, e.g. leaseholders, freeholders.
Under the Party Wall etc Act 1996 there are specified timescales that need to adhered to (this applies to both the Building and Adjoining Owner).

Serving a Notice/s yourself is a way you could save money but please be aware that if the Notice’s are incorrect in any way and a dispute arises they could be deemed invalid and as a result  new Notices will have to be served and the notice period will start again.
If you would like any further advice on Notices or would like CSA to serve a Notice/s on your behalf, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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My Neighbour is Doing Work (I’m the Adjoining Owner)

Consent or Dissent

If you have received a Notice about proposed works your neighbours plan to carry out to their property, you are required to respond in writing within 14 days from the date on the Notice.

If you would like free advice on how to respond to the Notice served, please contact us.

There are two main ways you can respond:

1.   Consent to the Notice

If you wish to consent to your neighbours’ proposed works, without a Party Wall Award being produced, it is always recommended that you do so on the basis that a Party Wall Agreement is put in place.
A Party Wall document contains details of the agreement made between the person undertaking the works (the building owner) and their neighbours ( adjoining owners).It also includes a Schedule of Condition.

Types Of Notice

Section 1 Notice / Line of Junction Notice

If you are planning to build a new wall either as a Party Wall or a Party fence wall (astride a boundary) subject to your neighbour’s consent, or up to the line of junction and wholly on your own land, a Section 1 Notice must be served.

If a proposed wall needs foundations to a lower depth than your neighbours foundations, a Section 6 notice could also be required.

One month notice must be given before the works commence.

Section 3 Notice / Party Structure Notice

If you are planning to cut into a Party Wall to insert flashings or a damp proof course, cut away chimney breasts or projections, raise, rebuild repair, underpin, expose the Party Wall to the weather
or enclose upon a wall on or at the line of junction turning it into a Party Wall, in such cases a Section 3 Notice must be served.

Two months notice must be given for a section 3 Notice.

Section 6 Notice / Notice of Adjacent Excavation

If you are planning to excavate within 3m of neighbour’s foundations to a lower depth, or within 6m to a lower depth than a line struck at 45 degrees down from the underside of the neighbour’s foundations, then a section 6 notice must be served.

One month notice must be given before work commences and in addition, plans and sections of the proposed works must be provided with the notice.

Schedule Of Condition

We advise our clients who consent to a Notice to request that a Schedule of Condition be undertaken by a Surveyor.

The Surveyor will produce a written record of the current condition of the Adjoining Owner’s building that are adjacent to the areas of the proposed works (before the works commence) so that in the unlikely event of damage being caused it can be easily identified.

The Agreement fee should be paid by the party proposing the building works as they will be benefiting from the works being undertaken.

Dissent to the Notice

If you are concerned that the proposed works may adversely affect your property and thus dissent to the Notice, a Party Wall Award will be required before the work can start.

It is an independent report, prepared by the Surveyor which deals with the right to execute the party wall works, the time and manner of executing the work, and any other matters that arise between the parties concerned.

You may agree to appoint the same Surveyor as the Building Owner know as the ‘Agreed Surveyor’ or you can each appoint an Independent Surveyor.

Schedule Of Condition

We advise our clients who consent to a Notice to request that a Schedule of Condition be undertaken by a Surveyor.

The Surveyor will produce a written record of the current condition of the Adjoining Owner’s building that are adjacent to the areas of the proposed works (before the works commence) so that in the unlikely event of damage being caused it can be easily identified.

The Agreement fee should be paid by the party proposing the building works as they will be benefiting from the works being undertaken.

Dissent to the Notice

If you are concerned that the proposed works may adversely affect your property and thus dissent to the Notice, a Party Wall Award will be required before the work can start.

It is an independent report, prepared by the Surveyor which deals with the right to execute the party wall works, the time and manner of executing the work, and any other matters that arise between the parties concerned.

You may agree to appoint the same Surveyor as the Building Owner know as the ‘Agreed Surveyor’ or you can each appoint an Independent Surveyor.

If I don’t respond to the Notice what happens?

Some people think that if they don’t respond to the Notice then it will simply go away. This is not the case,

If no response is received by the Building Owner within 14 days a further follow-up “Ten Day Notice” will be served stating that the parties are now deemed to be in dispute and a Surveyor must be appointed.

If no written response is received a Surveyor will be appointed for the Adjoining Owner by the Building Owner’s Surveyor under Section 10(4) of the Act.

So you will loose out on the opportunity to choose your own surveyor and the process will carry on regardless.

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