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We are a team of chartered party wall surveyors based in London. We stand for respect, integrity and passion for our services and clients. This approach has enabled us to help with thousands of party wall disputes over the years.

What Types of Work Does the Party Wall etc Act 1996 Cover?

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 governs 3 particular types of construction work and covers all properties within England and Wales:

Works directly to a Party Wall, Party Structure (ceiling or floor) or Party Fence Wall (garden wall)

Excavations within 6 metres of any neighbouring structure

The construction of new walls built up to, or astride a boundary line

What is a Party Wall Notice?

Party Wall notification is in the form of a Party Wall Notice served by the property owner undertaking the construction works and gives the neighbouring owner the legal right to select one of three Party Wall Notice responses:

Consent to the Works

Consenting to the construction works means that the neighbouring owner doesn’t want any of the Party Wall Surveying procedures implemented. The property owner undertaking the construction works will then be free to commence their work.

Dissent and appoint a Party Wall Surveyor

Dissenting to the Party Wall Notice will mean that the neighbouring owner appoints a Party Wall Surveyor to represent their interests. The Party Wall Surveyor will look at the construction works from the perspective of the neighbouring owner’s property ensuring the risk is as low as it can be.

Dissent and appoint an Agreed Party Wall Surveyor

This is the same as response option two, the only difference being that one Party Wall Surveyor acts jointly on behalf of both respective owners, the property owner undertaking the construction and the neighbouring owner.

Irrespective of the neighbouring owner’s Party Wall Notice response, the property owner undertaking the construction works will be responsible for any costs, expense or fees associated with the Party Wall Surveying Procedures.

What are the Party Wall
Surveying Procedures?

Post Party Wall Notice Service and once the neighbouring owner has responded with a Party Wall Notice Dissent, the Party Wall Surveying Procedures will include:

Surveyor Review

The Party Wall Surveyor will review the property owner’s construction works from the perspective of the neighbouring owner’s property. The review will include, but is not limited to:

 

  • Existing and Proposed Architectural Drawings
  • Proposed Structural Drawings
  • Structural Calculations
  • Construction Method Statements
  • Land Registry Title Deeds and Plans
  • Any other information pertinent to the construction works taking place

Schedule of Condition Inspection & Report

During the Schedule of Condition Inspection, the Party Wall Surveyor will accommodate themselves with the lay of the land and ensure that they’ve taken all aspects of the property owner’s construction works and risk into account.

They will then proceed to record and document the full condition of the neighbouring owner’s property, ensuring they have a clear and thorough record in place pre-construction works. This record will form part of the Party Wall Award and provide the neighbouring owner with legal protection in the event of issue or damage.

Agreement of a Legal Party Wall Award

Once the Party Wall Surveyor has undertaken full review of the property owner’s construction works and considered all risk and procedural aspects of the work, he or she will then move onto the agreement of the Party Wall Award.

The Party Wall Award governs the property owner’s construction works. Common clauses and additions to the Award include:

  • The scope of construction work
  • Procedures to be implemented in the event of damage or issue
  • Procedures to be implemented in the event of compensation
  • Permitted working hours
  • Construction method and requirements
  • Protective measures during the course of the construction work
  • Temporary access provisions and procedures
  • Procedures to be implemented in the event of construction work variations

A Party Wall Award has the legal benefit of being more protective in terms of timing and cost when compared to a neighbouring owner’s common law rights.

Once the Party Wall Award is agreed and served, the property owner undertaking the construction works will be free to progress the works on site, subject to adhering to the Party Wall Award requirements.

Post Construction Work Inspection

Post Construction Work, the Party Wall Surveyor will undertake a further inspection and visit of the neighbouring owner’s property.

The inspection will enable the Party Wall Surveyor to check off the original Schedule of Condition Inspection & Report assessing if there has been any change to the condition, or damage resulting from the construction works.

If there has been issue or damage, the Party Wall Surveyor will then handle the damage and ensure it is repaired by the contractor, or ensure the neighbouring owner is compensated for the repair costs and loss.

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Typical Party Wall Surveying Questions

Do I need to serve a Party Wall Notice?

Yes, it is a legal requirement.

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 requires the building owner to serve a Party Wall Notice upon the adjoining owner in advance of the proposed works commencing.

Can I serve the Party Wall Notice myself?

Yes, you have a legal right to serve the Party Wall Notice yourself, without the input of a Party Wall Surveyor.

We would advise Party Wall Notices are prepared by Party Wall Surveyors, it not only ensures legal validity is met, it can also avoid delay and issue further down the line in the event of invalidity.

Who pays for the Party Wall Surveying costs?

In all normal circumstances, it is the building owner who is responsible for the Party Wall Surveying costs.

These can include their Party Wall Surveyor’s costs and, depending on the adjoining owner’s response, an adjoining owner’s Party Wall Surveyor’s costs.

How long do the Party Wall Surveying procedures take?

Timings are very much variable and depend ultimately upon the Party Wall Notice response of the adjoining owner.

In the first instance, an adjoining owner has up to a full month to respond to the Party Wall Notices.

Once Party Wall Notice response is in, agreeing a Party Wall Award could take anywhere from 2 weeks to 8 weeks.

When should I serve a Party Wall Notice?

We would advise serving a Party Wall Notice as soon as possible.

Under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 Party Wall Notices need to be served a minimum of 1 or 2 months in advance of the proposed works commencing.

Team Qualifications 

Our team of Surveyors are not only highly experienced but importantly they are also qualified.

 We’re proud to confirm our Surveyors hold membership status and accreditation to some of the world’s leading professional governing bodies including; the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), the Pyramus and Thisbe Club (P&T) and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).

Testimonials

Thoroughly recommend Stokemont! Professional and knowledgeable. We had a few problems but Stokemont’s experience and advice helped us find the best solution to the problem and moved us forward with no delays. They were quick to respond and always kept us in the loop with the process. Will definitely be using their services again in the future and recommending them to friends/family. Thank you again!

JL 03/05/21

I have experienced an excellent service from Bradley. His knowledge and expertise have been invaluable as well as his professional courtesy to make himself readily available to guide us through the process.

RM 30/04/21

Bradley at Stokemont has been extremely helpful and professional. We had some potential issues with our neighbours but he put our minds at rest and talked us through the options as well as going above and beyond in our personal circumstance. Having used a few party wall surveyors in my own professional capacity I thought Stokemont had the good balance of the right advice and looking after our interests. Would definitely look to them for any future Party Wall Matters.

AH 26/04/21

Great experience with Stokemont surveyors so far, in helping us move forward with our home renovation project. I spoke to a few surveyors before deciding to go with Stokemont. Bradley's knowledge, experience and professionalism gave me the confidence that I had found a company I could work with.

DZ 29/03/21

I am removing a Chimney breast from my Semi-detached home, and Bradley from Stokemont talked me through all the options (couldn't believe how many ways this could go) involved with serving a Party Wall Notice. It took less than 48 hours from me speaking with Bradley, to serving the party wall, and then my neighbour had it returned in less than a week after that. Simple, efficient and easy. Will 100% recommend their services.

HC 08/03/21

A fantastic, efficient and honest service from Stokemonts Bradley Mackenzie. He was clear, transparent and very helpful dealing with our party wall matter. He came as a recommendation and will be my recommendation if anyone ever asks me for a Party Wall Surveyor!

NH 30/02/21

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