Party Wall Surveying procedures are applicable for specific types of construction works.
We thought we would look at these works in a little more detail, to help best inform you of the mechanisms that make up the Party Wall procedures and the type of information the Party Wall Surveyor will be reviewing in the process of agreeing the Party Wall Award.
Typical Party Wall Surveying Questions
What happens if Party Wall Damage occurs?
In the event that damage occurs to the adjoining owner’s property, the first point of call is to establish if indeed that damage is new, and as a result of the building owner’s construction works.
If indeed it is determined to be resultant from the building owner’s construction works, at that stage the Party Wall Surveyor will then quantify the damage and ultimately ensure that this is rectified in accordance with the adjoining owner’s requirements.
The adjoining owner has the right to have the building owner’s contractor repair the damage, or they can request a cash payment so that they can instruct their own contractor.
Do the Party Wall Surveying Procedures allow access?
Yes, the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 does allow a building owner legal access onto an adjoining owner’s land.
In order for this access to be applicable, certain types of Party Wall works need to be undertaken.
If you would like to discuss these types of works in greater detail, we would recommend getting in touch with our experienced team of qualified chartered surveyors.
Are Party Wall Surveyors qualified?
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 doesn’t require a Party Wall Surveyor to posses any formal qualifications.
In effect anyone, aside from the building owner or adjoining owner, can refer to themselves as a Party Wall Surveyor.
For this reason it is imperative that the Party Wall Surveyor is selected based off their experience and qualification.
All of our Party Wall Surveyors are not only qualified with leading governing bodies, but are also very experienced Building Surveyors and Party Wall Surveyors.
Here are some Party Wall Surveying projects we've done in the past:
Rutland Mews South, Knightsbridge, SW7
The Stokemont team were very pleased to be able assist with a retrospective Licence for Alterations covering internal works to a penthouse flat on Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3. The works included the relocation of a bathroom and removal of internal structural walls.
High Street Kensington, London, W8
The Stokemont team were very pleased to be able assist with the completion of a Party Wall Award for this mid level flat located on High Street Kensington, London. The construction works included the removal of internal structural walls, the introduction of new steel support and the replacement of floors and ceilings.
St Stephen's Terrace, Stockwell, SW8
The Stokemont team were very pleased to be able assist with the service of Party Wall Notices, a Schedule of Condition Report and Agreement of a Party Wall Award on this mid terraced turn of the century home on St Stephen’s Terrace, Stockwell. The Party Wall works included the installation of steel work into the Party Wall and relocation of internal walls.
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).
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