Party Wall Surveyor Birmingham
If you are looking for a Party Wall Surveyor in Birmingham, Route5 Construction Services Ltd offers specialist advice and guidance. As specialist Party Wall surveyors, we work within the requirements of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. This Act safeguards the rights of those undertaking certain types of building work and their adjoining owners. Ensuring lawful appliance, The Party Wall Act protects the building owner undertaking the works, whilst also protecting the adjoining owners rights in the event of damage occurring.
The Party Wall Act defines and affirms the rights of a person (referred to as the building owner) wishing to cut into a Party Wall or to excavate for new foundations within six metres of an adjoining structure (subject to certain criteria). The neighbour(s) that either share ownership of the Party Wall or are within six metres of the new excavations are referred to as the ‘adjoining owner’. Both parties may appoint a Party Wall surveyor if the building work is subject to the Party Wall Act.
Party Wall Surveyors
Any building owner in Birmingham wishing to undertake works subject to the Party Wall Act must ensure they follow the correct procedure. Our Party Wall agreements focus on the following:
- Identify the owners
- Serve Party Wall Notice
- Wait 14 days for an agreement to be made
Once you have served a Party Wall Notice upon your neighbour he/she has 14 days in which to respond in writing. If he/she dissents from the notice or does not respond to you within the 14 days then a difference is deemed to have arisen between the parties.
In this scenario both you and your neighbour must appoint a Party Wall surveyor under section 10 of the Party Wall Act. You can either jointly agree upon a single Party Wall surveyor or you can each appoint one individually.
Party Wall Award
At Route5 we prepare a fair and impartial Party Wall Agreement that includes:
- Explanation on the right to execute the Party Wall works
- Announcement of the time and manner of executing any Party Wall work
- Offer Protection of the neighbouring structure
- Coverage of common matters that may arise
In normal circumstances the Party Wall surveyors will also prepare a report called a “schedule of condition”, of the neighbouring property before work starts in order to protect the interests of both parties in the event of a later claim for damages.
Party Wall Costs
Typically, the building owner proposing the works will pay all the Party Wall costs associated with drawing up the Party Wall Award if the works are solely for his/her benefit. Where a difference is deemed to have arisen, and before the Party Wall surveyors produce the Party Wall award, both parties may jointly agree to settle any outstanding matters between them without the need for an award. In this case the building owner will usually still be liable for all reasonable Party Wall costs incurred up to the date where the parties notify the Party Wall surveyors of their intentions in writing.
The building owner will typically be responsible for any onsite costs and rectification of any damage. However we can confirm this for you if you contact us today.
Contact us for Birmingham Party Wall Surveying
If you require more information regarding Party Wall Surveying in Birmingham contact us direct today. Call us on 07912 120 052 or fill out our online enquiry form and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.