Provided by Rugby’s experienced party wall surveyors
For home owners, the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 can be a particularly tricky subject.
On the one hand, the act can prove to be an extremely useful tool for resolving disputes that may occur as a result of building works or excavations located on or near a party wall or boundary. On the other hand the act involves a vast number of obligations and requirements that need to be carefully managed in order to prevent neighbourly disharmony and project delays.
The Right Surveyors at Basingstoke are lucky enough to have the services of one of the most experienced party wall surveyors in the area. Having dealt with party wall notices and awards for over 27 years, Ewan Craig is here to help you.
Whether a residential extension has caused a dispute or a new commercial development has affected a number of different neighbours, Ewan will use his 25+ years of party wall surveying experience to provide competent and cost effective advice to his clients in Basingstoke.
Two essential skills that Ewan has developed throughout his years as a party wall surveyor are mediation and diplomacy – both of which are crucial for potentially heated encounters.
Read on for more information about the four areas of the Party Wall Etc. Act 1996 we can help you with.
Party Wall Services
An idea of the party wall services we provide in Basingstoke:
A key legal obligation of the Party Wall Act is that if the ‘Building Owner’ wishes to start maintenance or construction works which qualify under the act, they must serve notice on the ‘Adjoining Owner’.
The purpose of the notice document is to provide the adjoining owner with an outline of the proposed works. Providing they are happy with the proposed, an agreement will made in writing and the works can start. It is typically at this stage that Party Wall Surveyors would get involved to ensure the many strict requirements needed are included. A correctly written and delivered notice is crucial if disputes were to arise.
Party Wall Awards become necessary when the adjoining owner either disputes the notice or does not respond to it at all. This results in a dispute which the award will then be used to settle.
If this situation were to occur then Ewan could be instructed as the surveyor for either the building owner, the adjoining owner or jointly by both. As a Chartered Surveyor he is bound by strict ethical codes and therefore, will always ensure that he is unbiased and completely fair.
The instructed surveyor(s) will decide on the best way to proceed, including this in the Party Wall Award.
One of the primary concerns of adjoining owners during the party wall process, is that the work carried out by their neighbour may cause damage to their property. It is a common fear that any excavation works may affect a nearby wall or that building work may result in impact damage.
Any accusation of damage, whatever the apparent cause, can present those involved with very costly legal bills and as the parties are neighbours things can quickly get complicated.
In a bid to prevent this scenario from occurring, a chartered surveyor can be instructed to provide a ‘schedule of condition’. This consists of Party Wall Surveyors taking a written and photographic account of your property prior to any works beginning. The schedule will prove to be useful should damage occur and will arm you with indisputable proof from a chartered surveyor.
Figure A: The diagram above gives you a good idea of what Party Wall Surveyors call the "boundary line". This is the real or invisible line dividing properties or land. Boundary or property lines often cause problems for homeowners as original fences, walls, hedges or ditches can often move over the years and it because unclear where the original property boundary stood.
This service analyses the condition of the property, it is able to offer legal advice and highlights any urgent issues. It is our lowest priced service.
Major Elements Survey
Identifying and investigating any major defects throughout the property, this service is a much more concise survey and looks at only the major defects without any wasting time on obvious or minor issues.
Our building surveyors are professional and calm which comes in handy when dealing with the Party Wall Act. The act is very complex and often leaves neighbours in disputes.
Schedule of Condition
Used prior to commencing a lease or even during party wall procedures, this survey provides clients with an overview of the building's condition and usually comes with many photographs.
Schedule of Dilapidations
Similar to a schedule of condition, except this report focuses on the condition and defects that are present at the end of a lease.
Tight budget / timescale?
Getting Verbal Acquisition Advice helps meet a range of needs. You don’t need to wait for a report to be written and given to you with this service, so if you need your purchase to be completed quickly then this service is perfect for you. As the process is so much quicker, it also means that the final fee is a lot lower, great for those with a tight budget.
The surveyor simply conducts the usual investigations on your property, but rather than giving a full report, the surveyor will get back to you directly that same day to give you feedback on the survey- either face-to-face or by telephone.
The Right Surveyors are an independent group of property consultancies. Each of our RICS regulated practices around the country provide only the highest quality of surveys, valuations and building reports to private and commercial clients.
Our surveyors are hand picked for their experience, wide skill set and local knowledge.