*our Party Wall Surveyors will require complete drawings and structural calculations, same-day neighbour acknowledgements, next day site visit permissions and agreed surveyor status
If you are planning building works and need expert advice form one of our Party Wall Surveyors or a quote then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We will be happy to help you throughout the process:
If you have received a Party Wall Notice or a Party Structure Notice then taking the next steps can be vital. Find out how our Party Wall Surveyors can assist you:
Our Party Wall Surveyors are often asked by our clients, this very important question which leads to questions such as responsibility, ownership and rights when building or having a say on what your neighbours are planning to build.
A party wall is a wall that divides the properties of neighbours. The ownership of that wall is shared between them. However, there are different types of shared walls such as fences and other structures, more details for specific information surrounding these structures can be found on our FAQ page.
The Party Wall Act covers any building work that may affect someone else’s property, even if it doesn’t involve a party wall. This includes cutting out pockets to insert beams, cutting away chimney breasts, underpinning, raising walls close to the property boundary or even just excavating within 6 metres of a neighbouring structure.
These works are often carried out in renovations, loft conversions, basement conversions and extensions.
A neighbour undertaking the works covered by the Act has a legal duty to serve proper notice to all affected neighbours. Failing to do so can result in a complicated claim for damages or a court injunction, which can be very expensive.
Upon receipt of a Notice, an affected neighbour has 2 options: consent to the works, meaning that they simply progress, or dissent, meaning that an independent surveyor must be appointed to resolve any party wall dispute.
Neighbours can each appoint their own Party Wall Surveyor or agree to one. Typically a party wall surveyor will check all the information relating to the building work to minimise risk for all neighbours. Then, an Award is drafted. This is a legally binding agreement and it will usually include a record of the affected neighbour’s property.
Prinsegate are regulated by the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) and will take care of all the procedural work for you with their chartered party wall surveyors. For more information or to discuss a party wall dispute, call us now.