We have been asked a number of questions this week about an Agreed Surveyor’s role, what they do and how they fit into the Party Wall Agreement process.
In this blog post, we will address this topic and hopefully help inform and clarify.
The first thing to note is that an Agreed Surveyor can only be appointed upon the agreement of the adjoining owner. This is where the name ‘the Agreed Surveyor’ originates from.
An Agreed Surveyor will act impartially and mutually upon behalf of both the building owner and the adjoining owner. In our experience, the appointment of an Agreed Surveyor often comes about when a building owner serves a Party Wall Notice upon the adjoining owner and the adjoining owner responds to that Notice with the appointment of a Party Wall Surveyor.
Once that Party Wall Surveyor has got in touch with the building owner to confirm their appointment, it is often at that point that the building owner asks the surveyor if they would be willing to accept the role of an Agreed Surveyor.
Unbeknown to a lot of building owners and as confirmed above, an Agreed Surveyor appointment can only be achieved with the agreement of the adjoining owner.
Therefore at this point of the Party Wall Agreement process, the Party Wall Surveyor will usually get in touch with the adjoining owner, explain what an Agreed Surveyor is and if they are willing to opt for this option.
If the adjoining owner is in agreement to an Agreed Surveyor acting on behalf of both the owners, it is at this point that the surveyor will then confirm his appointment and progress the Party Wall Agreement.
Hopefully, you will now have an understanding of how an Agreed Surveyor can be appointed, so lets now look at what exactly an Agreed Surveyor does.
In short, an Agreed Surveyor will undertake all of the normal tasks that two respective surveyors would, the only difference being that one surveyor completes the task as opposed to two.
The main difference between a two surveyor appointment and an Agreed Surveyor appointment, is that unlike a two surveyor appointment, with an Agreed Surveyor there will not be a third surveyor in place.
A lot of adjoining owners often ask us what the benefit of an Agreed Surveyor is, as opposed to having two different surveyors involved in the Party Wall Agreement.
Here at Berry Lodge, our view is that it often helps maintain the neighbourly relationship between the owners, as one surveyor assists with any issues or disputes in a far quicker and cheaper manner. This often avoids a lot of the frustrations and confusion that the Party Wall Agreement process can bring.
Another benefit of an Agreed Surveyor appointment is that in the event of damage being caused as a result of the Party Wall works, an Agreed Surveyor will likely be able to deal with the matter in a much quicker way. The logic behind this being that the surveyor will not need to agree with the extent and cost of the damage with their counterpart.
A final point to bear in mind is that irrespective of whether there is a two surveyor appointment or an Agreed Surveyor appointment, the building owner will always be responsible for the surveyor’s costs.
In our experience one of the most common misunderstandings is that an Agreed Surveyor appointment means mutually split fees, we can unequivocally confirm this isn’t the case!
If you would like to appoint an Agreed Surveyor to assist with your Party Wall Agreement, why not call one of our experienced Party Wall Surveyors now, we offer 35 minutes free party wall advice to all callers.