In this week’s property surveying blog post, we are going to be discussing Party Wall surveying procedures and in particular, Party Wall Notices.
Party Wall Notices can be served by either the building owner directly, or she/he can in fact, instruct a professional, commonly a Party Wall Surveyor, to serve the Party Wall Notices on his/her behalf.
There are many reasons why a building owner would want to serve the Party Wall Notices themselves, the neighbourly relations, speed and ease of the procedure and more often than not, because will save the cost of a Party Wall Surveyor’s Notice preparation and service fee.
Free notices are a common and conventional type of Party Wall Notice service, undertaken by building owners, so we thought we would give you a little more advice as a building owner, and how to best prepare Free Party Wall Notices to ensure you are indeed following the correct procedures as set out in the Party Wall Act Etc 1996, with the ultimate aim being that the Party Wall Notice that you serve upon the adjoining owners are legally valid, sound and proper.
First and foremost, we would advise using our Party Wall Notice simplicity, noticity service, as this has been designed with Free Party Wall Notices in mind, and if the options are carefully followed, the building owner will end up with a free pdf Party Wall Notice that they can serve directly upon the adjoining owner, commencing and activating the procedures as prescribed by the Party Wall Act Etc 1996.
Some key tips in preparing Free Party Notices are to ensure that you give the procedure of preparation the necessary time it requires, taking into account that as a novice or first timer, you are likely going to need to take a little bit more time to get your head around the legal phraseology, wording and requirements.
We would also advise that you have a good, robust pack of drawings for the proposed construction works ready, as this will ensure that the Party Wall Notices are clear, and fully inform the recipient and adjoining owner of the proposed works.
Ultimately, the choice of Free Party Wall Notices will draw some in, and likewise, detract others. We would always advise speaking to an experienced and qualified Party Wall surveying team in advance of activating the party wall procedures and serving the Party Wall Notices, as ultimately, a quick, informal and no-strings-attached discussion with a Party Wall Surveyor could be the difference between a proactive Party Wall Notice being served, and ultimately ensuring that the Party Wall procedures are best approached.
If you’d like to discuss your Party Wall Notice procedure there is a team of experienced and qualified Party Wall Surveyors here at Stokemont, give us a call now and we will be more than happy to assist you.