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Berry
Party Wall Surveyors

for London, Kent & the South East

Helping Building Owner to Understand the 

Party Wall etc. Act 1996

and How it Affects Them and Their Building Works

Serving Notices and Preparing Awards in London and the South East 

Expert Impartial Advice from Members of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors

QUESTION:  What Work Falls Under the Act?

ANSWER:      Most Extensions

                         Loft Conversions

                         New Builds

                         Structural Alterations etc.

WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU?

  • SERVE NOTICES ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS​

  • ACT AS AN AGREED SURVEYOR FOR BOTH PARTIES TO RESOLVE DISPUTES 

  • ACT WITH ANOTHER SURVEYOR APPOINTED BY YOUR NEIGHBOUR TO RESOLVE DISPUTES

  • WORK EITHER ALONE OR WITH ANOTHER SURVEYOR TO SERVE AN AWARD (A LEGAL DOCUMENT SETTING OUT HOW THE WORK WILL PROCEED)

  • PREPARE DETAILED SCHEDULES OF CONDITION

  • HELP TO RESOLVE DISPUTES

  • ACT IMPARTIALLY TO GET WORK STARTED

MOST IMPORTANT ADVICE

ACT EARLY to avoid delays or disruption to your construction project!

 

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Party Wall etc. Act 1996

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I AM DOING THE WORK

MY NEIGHBOURS DOING THE WORK

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Berry
Party Wall Surveyors

for London, Kent and the South East


BUILDING OWNER

I AM CARRYING OUT THE WORK

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BUILDING OWNER

WHEN TO SERVE A NOTICE

If you are planning an extension, a loft conversion, a new build or any structural alterations to your home that fall under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, notice needs to be served on all parties concerned.

Under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 there are certain timescales that you need to adhere to as the Building Owner and also the Adjoining Owner.

If you would like any further advice on serving Notices or would like Berry Party Wall Surveyors for London, Kent and the South East to serve Notice on your behalf, please contact us for expert, professional, impartial advice.

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BUILDING OWNER

WHEN AN AWARD IS REQUIRED

Once the Notice has been served, your neighbour has 14 days to reply

Your neighbour may:

Agree to your works, at which point you can proceed with their written consent. However, it is also recommended that you get a Schedule of Conditions drawn up by a professional Surveyor, as this protects both parties if there is damage as a result of the work. Berry Party Wall Surveyors for London, Kent and the South East can compile a comprehensive Schedule of Condition for you for a fixed fee.

If the adjoining owner does not to consent and a dispute arises between the owners, then you will need to appoint Party Wall Surveyors to resolve the dispute. Both you and the Adjoining Owner can appoint the same Surveyor, this is called the Agreed Surveyor or your neighbour can appoint their own Party Wall Surveyor. The goal is the same, that is to prepare and serve an Award, which is basically a legal document setting out how the work will proceed giving consideration to both parties.

 
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BUILDING OWNER

SCHEDULE OF CONDITION

At Berry Party Wall  Surveyors we strongly recommend that you have a Schedule of Condition compiled before work starts as this protects both parties if there is damage as a result of the work being carried out. We offer to draw up a comprehensive Schedule of Condition including extensive photographic documentation for a fixed price.

 

Berry
Party Wall Surveyors

for London, Kent and the South East

ADJOINING OWNER

MY NEIGHBOURS DOING THE WORK

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AFTER YOU RECEIVE A NOTICE

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.


There are two main ways you can respond:

       CONSENT TO THE NOTICE

        DISSENT TO THE NOTICE

                   

 
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CONSENT TO THE NOTICE

If you are going to CONSENT to your neighbours proposed works, without a Party Wall Award being produced, we recommend you do so on the basis of having a Schedule of Condition prepared by a Party Wall Surveyor, who will produce a record of the current condition of the adjacent areas prior to work commencing so that in the unlikely event of damage being caused it can be easily identified. The fee would usually be paid by the party proposing the building works. 

At Berry Party Wall Surveyors we can prepare a detailed Schedule of Condition including comprehensive photographic evidence for a fixed price.

 
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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 would be required before the work could commence.

It is a fair and impartial report, prepared by the Surveyor which will deal 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. 

Dissenting to the Notice is not a tool to delay or stop the proposed works.

You may concur on an Agreed Surveyor or each appoint an Independent Surveyor.

 

PLEASE NOTE

NOT RESPONDING WILL NOT DELAY THE PROPOSED WORKS


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.

DONT DELAY

 
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Not sure if you need to serve a Notice or what an Award is?


Please do not hesitate to contact us for some expert, impartial advice.

Just a 5 minute call can help you to understand how the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 applies to YOU!

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+44 7958 760787

53 Birchwood Road, Dartford, Kent. DA2 7HF

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