Party Wall Awards

The Party Wall etc Act 1996

 

The Building Owner can undertake a variety of operations to party walls or floors (party stuctures) which separate their property from their neighbours (Adjoining Owners) and to adjacent foundations, though there are safeguards to protect the interests of the parties. The procedure involves the issuing of notices and often the appointment of a surveyor or surveyors, who will produce an agreement (known as an award) which is binding on each party. In addition a schedule of condition is usually prepared. There are variations on the theme; for instance an Adjoining Owner might be content to allow the work but nonetheless require a schedule of condition to be prepared.

 

 

For the Building Owner

 

Are you intending to undertake relevant work, such as:-

 

Build a new wall near or on a boundary line

 

Repair an existing party structure

 

Alter a party structure, such as demolish and rebuild, raise or lower, build in beam. ends, cut into or away from etc

 

Underpin

 

Temporarily expose a party structure to the weather

 

If so you will need to comply with the Act

 

 

Huntsman Eldridge will:-

 

Consider your plans - liaising with your architect / engineer as appropriate

 

Prepare & serve notices with explanatory letters

 

Act as either a jointly appointed surveyor or the Building Owners surveyor

 

Prepare schedules of condition

 

Engage with other appointed surveyors to agree matters

 

Deal with compensation and other monetary issues as may arise

 

Progress the award from the drafting stage to ultimate signing

 

Assess damage that may arise to neighbours property

 

Manage the process within the time frame provide in the Act or as otherwise may be agreed

 

 

For the Adjoining Owner

 

Have you:-

 

Heard from a neighbour that he/she intends to undertake relevant work and seeks your permission

 

Received a written notice from your neighbour or his/her surveyor

 

Found out that your neighbour is undertaking relevant work without informing you

 

If so you will need to quickly decide how to deal with it

 

 

Huntsman Eldridge will:-

 

Advise you on your options

 

Respond to the neighbour on your behalf

 

Act as either a jointly appointed surveyor or the Adjoining Owners surveyor

 

Prepare or check a schedule of condition

 

Examine the neighbours proposals in detail and consider the implications

 

Engage with the neighbours surveyor to agree matters

 

Deal with compensation and other monetary issues as may arise

 

Check the award during its progress from the drafting stage to ultimate signing

 

Inspect the work as it proceeds

 

Assess damage that may arise to your property

 

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