Questions and Answers

A Party Wall Award is a legally binding document that details the notifiable works and authorises those works subject to specific details. The document also contains a record of the condition of the neighbour’s property known as a Schedule of Condition.

An owner is someone (or a company) that has an interest in a property or over 1 year. This is generally freeholders and leaseholders but would exclude someone with an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST).

The neighbour carrying out the works is referred to as the Building Owner and the neighbours as Adjoining Owners.

A notice will need to state that it is a notice under the Party Wall etc Act 1996 and be served in writing.

A schedule of condition is a written and photographic record of the condition of the neighbouring property. Only the areas closest to the notifiable areas of the works are recorded.

The Building owner pays the reasonable fees of the surveyor or surveyors.

The Surveyor acting for the Building owner will generally be able to provide a fixed fee or estimate for the works depending on the scale of the project.

An adjoining owners surveyor will keep a record of the time they have spent working on the file, which will then be agreed with the Building Owners surveyor prior to the service of the Award.

Party Wall Matters generally take 3 months from the service of the notice to complete. Although more complex works will take longer. The process is dependant on being provided with all of the appropriate information such as Engineering Drawings and Method Statements.

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