Party Wall Advice for Building Owners

TLC Party Wall Surveyors are available to advise Building Owners on all Party Wall matters that may arise from any building work intended.

If you are a building owner who intends to carry out alterations or building works that are deemed notifiable under the legislation covered in the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, you will need to serve prior notice (a Party Wall Notice) upon any owners from neighbouring properties before commencing the building project.

The Party Wall Notice must be served at least two months before commencement of works to a Party Wall or Party Fence Wall, or one month before the proposed commencement of works involving adjacent excavations or building at the line of junction.

If the Adjoining Owner 'dissents' to the Party Wall Notice, or fails to respond to the Party Wall Notice within 14 days of the notice being served, then a dispute is said to have arisen under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. This situation requires resolving in accordance with Section 10 of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. At this stage all parties must appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to act on their behalf in the determination of a Party Wall Agreement (Party Wall Award), or agree to the appointment of an Agreed Surveyor who will act impartially on behalf of all parties involved.

TLC Party Wall Surveyors can act as your appointed Party Wall Surveyor, or also act as the Agreed Surveyor if the Adjoining Owners agree to our appointment in the matter of determining the Party Wall Award.

Party Wall Award

Once the Party Wall Award has been negotiated and agreed, the Party Wall Award will be served on all parties concerned, who each have 14 days to appeal against the Party Wall Award in the County Court. If no appeal is made the Party Wall Award becomes legally binding.

The Party Wall Award authorises the Building Owner permission for the building works to proceed. A Party Wall Award should set out the nature of the building works, and also include the rights and duties of the included parties.

TLC Party Wall Surveyors recommend that the Party Wall Award should contain a Schedule of Condition, providing photographic and documented evidence of the condition of the Adjoining Owner's property prior to the building works commencing. As the Building Owner, you will be responsible for repair of any damage arising to the Adjoining owner's property, or compensation in lieu of remedial works required at the Adjoining owner's property. The Schedule of Condition is for reference and referral should this situation arise.

Building Owners

For more information call TLC Party Wall Surveyors on 0208 361 7458

Call us: 0752 504 1120 or 0208 361 7458 (office)
TLC Party Wall Surveyors
33 East Barnet Road
New Barnet
Company number 10266155

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