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Roles of Party Wall Surveyor

Party Wall Notice Response Options

In this video we discuss Party Wall Notice Response options and how we can be of assistance should you find yourself served with a Party Wall Notice, or are about to serve a Party Wall Notice.

There are three different roles of  Party Wall Surveyor who undertakes that 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 on 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 on 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 a 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 Party Wall Dispute between the owners thereby ensuring that no strain is put on the neighbourly relationship.

Example Schedule of Condition Report

Typical Party Wall Surveyor Questions

  • Who can be a Party Wall Surveyor?

    Under the Party Wall etc Act 1996, anyone can act as a Party Wall Surveyor providing they are not a party to the works (the Building Owner or the Adjoining Owner).

    We would therefore advise ensuring that the Party Wall Surveyor you select to act on your behalf is well experienced and qualified.

    Here at Berry Lodge Surveyors all of our Party Wall Surveyors are both experienced and qualified.

    Within our Party Wall Surveying team our Surveyors’ qualifications and credentials include; RICS Chartered Surveyors, Members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Members of the Chartered Institute of Building, RICS Registered Valuers and RICS Accredited Mediators and members of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

  • How experienced is the Party Wall Surveyor?

    Here at Berry Lodge Surveyors all of our Party Wall Surveyors are both experienced and qualified.

    Within our Party Wall Surveying team our Surveyors’ qualifications and credentials include; RICS Chartered Surveyors, Members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Members of the Chartered Institute of Building, RICS Registered Valuers and RICS Accredited Mediators and members of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

    As a team, our Party Wall Surveyors deal with all types of construction works and properties throughout England and Wales.

    We’re also very proud to have worked for a number of well-known private clients and large companies.

    We consider ourselves experts within the Party Wall Surveying industry.

  • Who pays for the Party Wall Surveyor’s costs?

    In all normal circumstances, it will be the Building Owner who pays for the Party Wall Surveyor’s reasonable fees.

    However, there are certain scenarios where the Party Wall Surveyor’s or Surveyors’ costs may be apportioned between the Building Owner or the Adjoining Owner.

    We would advise discussing fees with your Party Wall Surveyor in advance of instruction to ensure that you are fully informed.

    Here at Berry Lodge, all of our Party Wall Surveying costs are fixed.

  • What is a Third Surveyor?

    A Third Surveyor is a Party Wall Surveyor who is selected by both the Building Owner’s Party Wall Surveyor and Adjoining Owner’s Party Wall Surveyor and exists to resolve disputes as a third party between the two appointed Surveyors, or the owners.

    In the event of any form of Party Wall Surveying dispute, the Surveyors or the Owners can call upon the Third Surveyor to step in and resolve the issue.

    Third Surveyor referrals carry a time and cost risk, so we would advise fully discussing these with your Surveyor in advance of activating the procedures.

  • Can I insist on an Agreed Party Wall Surveyor?

    The use of an Agreed Surveyor will be upon the agreement of the Adjoining Owner.

    Therefore, if the Adjoining Owner insists on having their own Party Wall Surveyor to represent their property and interests, the Building Owner will be unable to change that.

    It is worth noting that the refusal of an Agreed Surveyor appointment can carry a risk of the Party Wall Surveyor’s cost being apportioned equally between the owners, therefore we would advise discussing the role with your Surveyor at the first instance.

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