Party Wall Surveys
If you’re planning on carrying out home improvement projects on boundary walls of your home or garden, you’ll need a party wall agreement with affected neighbours before works can begin.
Builders and contractors may be able to advise you on the process, but will not be able to service a party wall notice on your behalf. You can legally serve a party wall notice yourself, however the use of a RICS party wall surveyor will make the process much easier and less stressful, as well as ensuring that the agreement is legally binding.
When Do You Need a Party Wall Agreement?
- Insertion of damp proof courses
- Building works involving party structures, such as floors between flats
- Garden excavations within 3-6 metres of the boundary, depending on the depth of the excavation
- Building up to or off the party wall
- Making party walls thicker or higher (e.g. adding a new storey)
Why Choose Crest Chartered Surveyors?
At Crest Chartered Surveyors, we aim to provide the quickest and most cost-effective solutions for your individual needs. But, there’s more than one reason to choose us:
- All of our surveyors are members of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), some of which are also members of [Party Wall Institute]
- We’re proud of our high standards, and are committed to upholding strict RICS standards in all works
- We’ll always go the extra mile to ensure that any hassle and stress is kept to a minimum
It is a legal requirement to provide neighbours with a party wall notice, if building work will affect their property. They then have 14 days to respond.
By failing to provide a party wall notice, and obtaining a party wall agreement, you would be in breach of Statutory Duty, and would be liable for any damages.
Once a party wall notice has been served, your neighbour(s) have 14 days to respond, either fully agreeing to the plans, rejecting plans, or serving a counter-notice. If your neighbour does not respond, they will be deemed to have dissented, and an independent party wall surveyor would need to be appointed. The same would happen should your neighbours reject the notice.
In this case, an independent party wall surveyor will draw up a party wall award, outlining exactly what works are allowed to commence, as well as determining when, how, and who is responsible for the cost.
You have the legal right to write and serve your own party wall notice, without using a party wall surveyor. However, the use of a party wall surveyor ensures that notices are legal and valid, and may help to avoid delays.
You cannot start building or commence other works before a party wall agreement is reached by all affected parties, or until a party wall surveyor has drawn up a party wall award.
At Crest Chartered Surveyors, our Party Wall Agreement services cost from £989 (including VAT). However, it’s worth noting that you, as the one serving a party wall notice, may also be responsible for your neighbours’ surveyor’s fees if the proposed works are solely for your benefit.
Party Wall Surveys in London & Home Counties
If you’re planning a project that may affect the party walls of your property, you’ll need to inform your neighbours with a party wall notice. Crest Chartered Surveyors can help you to draft this notice, as well as handle any disputes on the way to obtaining your party wall agreement.
Alternatively, you can call us on 020 3940 1118 to make your booking.