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Party Wall Roles

There are three different roles that a Party Wall Surveyor can undertake via the Party Wall Agreement Process.

The Building Owner’s Party Wall Surveyor

The Building Owner’s Party Wall Surveyor will act wholly on the behalf of the Building Owner.

The Party Wall Surveyor will commonly serve the Party Wall Notices, undertake the Schedule of Condition Report, liaise with the Adjoining Owner’s Surveyor and prepare and serve the Party Wall Award.

 

The Adjoining Owner’s Party Wall Surveyor

The Adjoining Owner’s Party Wall Surveyor will act wholly on the behalf of the Adjoining Owner.

The Party Wall Surveyor will commonly respond to the Party Wall Notices on behalf of the Adjoining Owner, undertake the Schedule of Condition Report with the Building Owner’s Surveyor, liaise with the Building Owner’s Surveyor and review and agree the Party Wall Award.

 

The Agreed Party Wall Surveyor

An Agreed Party Wall Surveyor acts impartially upon behalf of both the Building Owner and the Adjoining Owner.

The Party Wall Surveyor will undertake all of the same roles as the two surveyors would, the only difference being that he or she acts impartially upon behalf of both owners.

Again the outcome of the Agreed Party Wall Surveyor’s role will be the agreement of the Party Wall Award.

 

Schedule of Condition Reports

A Schedule of Condition Report involves one of our experienced and qualified Party Wall Surveyors visiting the adjoining owner’s property prior to the building owner’s construction work commencing. The Party Wall Surveyor will take photographs and a detailed written record of the property.

This report then acts as record of proof that is checked off upon completion of the building owner’s construction works.

In our experience, a Schedule of Condition Report is one of the key parts of the Party Wall Agreement process and as a result we recommend them in all cases, even when an adjoining owner consents to the Party Wall Notices.

The Schedule of Condition Report not only adds clarity to a potential damage claim, but it also avoids a potential dispute between the owners thereby ensuring that no strain is put on the neighbourly relationship.

Schedule of Condition Report example