Party Wall FAQs

At Squarepoint Chartered Surveyors, we pride ourselves on offering a comprehensive range of professional services to commercial clients across London, including Enfield, Highgate, and Chelsea. We can provide advice on a wide variety of property related issues and are highly experienced Party Wall Surveyors with extensive experience in all matters pertaining to the Party Wall Act 1996.

Party Wall Awards

With many years’ experience on advising on all Party Wall matters, Squarepoint Chartered Surveyors have the necessary expertise to help you manage this often complex legal process from start to finish, guiding you safely throughout.

We can help you prepare the necessary Party Wall Notices and Party Wall Awards to ensure all building works are completed properly and in accordance with the Party Wall Act, and with the minimum of disruption and inconvenience to yourselves and your neighbours.

BUILDING OWNERS

Any works that will affect a shared wall or boundary must adhere to a strict legal procedure. With over 20 years’ experience in Party Wall matters, our team will protect your interests and help you stay within the law.

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BASEMENTS & EXTENSIONS

Basement extensions can often be delayed by failure to follow the correct Party Wall procedures. By working with our team from the start, we can ensure that your project progresses smoothly.

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ADJOINING OWNERS

Have you received a Party Wall Notice from your neighbours? We are happy to help Adjoining Owners decide the best course of action. We have many years’ experience explaining their rights and requirements according to the Party Wall Act.

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Contact Us

For valuable professional advice from an experienced Party Wall Surveyor in North London, please contact Squarepoint Chartered Surveyors today on 0208 360 5488 or send us a short email here. Whether your property or commercial premises is located in Enfield, Kensington, Hampstead or further afield, our friendly team will be happy to discuss your specific query and guide you through all Party Wall matters, including serving Party Wall Notices and preparing Party Wall Awards.


 

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Party Wall FAQs

Who is my adjoining owner?

Your adjoining owner is anyone that has an interest greater than a year-to-year tenancy in the neighbouring property that will be affected by party wall work. This means that if the property is occupied by a long-term tenant or a leasehold owner, you will need to notify them as well as their landlord and/or freeholder.

How do I notify the adjoining owner(s)?

You or your representative will need to disclose a detailed plan of your proposed works, including the project schedule and how it will affect the neighbouring property. It will need to clearly state that it is a notice under the provisions of the Act, and has to include your name and address (as well as the address of the building project, if this is different). This Notice can be delivered personally or by post, at least two months prior to your proposed start date.

If possible, you should discuss your construction plans with your neighbours informally before you need to give notice, so that any potential issues can be negotiated beforehand and they feel more comfortable providing consent.

What happens after Notice has been served?

After you or your surveyor has served Notice, your adjoining owner should respond with written consent within 14 days if they are happy with your plans. If they wish for any changes to be made to your plans then they will need to provide you with a counter-notice requesting these alterations. Where consent has not been given in the 14 days following Notice being served, it is considered as a dispute.

What if the adjoining owner does not consent to the works?

When an adjoining owner is not satisfied with the proposed works, both parties are entitled to seek professional arbitration through a surveyor. This may be the same surveyor (known as an ‘agreed surveyor’), or separate ones for the building owner and adjoining owner. The surveyor(s) then impartially negotiate the terms between parties to draw up an “award”.

What does a party wall award cover?

A party wall award states the work that will be carried out and the agreed terms of it being conducted. For example, the adjoining owner may stipulate that construction cannot be carried out during evenings or weekends, or that certain access can only be granted at particular times.

It should be noted that adjoining owners ultimately cannot prevent the work from happening by denying access to the contractors or surveyors. However, the building owner must provide appropriate notice (typically 14 days) to the occupier and adjoining owner, unless it’s an emergency.
The party wall award will also include a Schedule of Condition, documenting the current condition of the adjoining property so that any damage can be identified and made good once the construction has finished.

If either party feels that the surveyor has acted improperly or unfairly when drawing up the award, they have 14 days to appeal its terms via the County Court.

 


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