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Party Wall Surveyors in Bromley

Simmons Taylor Hall offers leading Party Wall Surveys in Bromley and other surrounding areas. 

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Our Party Wall Surveyors in Bromley have a strong reputation for providing the top level of quality for neighbouring property agreements, which are compliant with the Party Wall Act 1996. With our knowledge and guidance, you can be sure that your party wall agreement in Bromley, is dealt with efficiently and effectively.

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Expert Party Wall Surveyors in Bromley

If you are a property owner requiring neighbours approval to go ahead with a building project, then our chartered surveyors in Bromley are the answer to your situation. It is important that all involved parties are fully aware and compliant under The Party Wall etc Act 1996, which can be difficult to achieve without an expert’s assistance. Allow our experienced team of party wall surveyors in Bromley to help manage any neighbourly disputes.

Before any construction can commence on a residential property, the landlord or homeowner and the local neighbors must provide their written consent agreeing to the work that is going to be done to the property. Get in touch with our experienced team for Party Wall surveys in Bromley for reliable and legally compliant party wall agreements.

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Oliver Boggis
Oliver Boggis
2024-01-22
I instructed STH to undertake a party wall award between my company and a neighbour. Nick was prompt, professional and a pleasure to deal with. Many thanks for your help.
Monarfon Holiday Cottage
Monarfon Holiday Cottage
2024-01-22
STH prepared specifications and were able to offer expert advise for elements of our repairs and refurbishment.
Brandon Winchester
Brandon Winchester
2023-04-26
Couldn't be happier with the service that was provided. For reliability and efficiency, I couldn't have asked for anything more. Strongly recommend!

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FAQ's

Under the provisions of the Party Wall Act, as a property owner in Bromley, it’s necessary for you to issue a notice before initiating construction activities on an existing shared wall or in proximity to your property’s boundary.

Your neighbours should be given notice if you intend to carry out any of the following:

1). Construction of new walls up to or straddling the junction line.
2). Undertaking works directly on a Party Wall, Party Structure, or Party Fence Wall.
3). Excavating within 3m or 6m to a depth that’s lower than the neighbouring owner’s foundations or structures.

To ensure a smoother process, we advise you to converse with your neighbours before issuing the notice. It’s observed that neighbours who feel consulted are less likely to appoint a separate surveyor immediately.

A Party Wall Notice in Bromley is a formal notification served by the ‘Building Owner’ who plans to initiate the construction work. This notice can be issued by the Building Owner’s Surveyor. The purpose of the Party Wall Notice is to provide the ‘Adjoining Owner’ the opportunity to choose from one of three responses:

1. Consent to the Party Wall Notice.
If the adjoining owner consents, they still retain the protections offered by the Party Wall Act, permitting the building owner to proceed with the planned construction work without the need for further Awards. In such a situation, we strongly advocate for a Schedule of Condition to protect all parties involved.

2. Dissent and Appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to Represent Me.
If the adjoining owner dissents to the Party Wall Notice, they invoke the formalities and protections outlined in the Party Wall Act. Choosing to appoint their own Party Wall Surveyor will necessitate the building owner to also appoint a Party Wall Surveyor. The two selected Party Wall Surveyors will then adhere to the procedures and agree on a Party Wall Award.

3. Dissent and Appoint a Mutually Agreed Party Wall Surveyor.
This option is similar to the second response to the Party Wall Notice. The only difference is that one Party Wall Surveyor impartially represents both parties.

Subject to the complicity of the project, the whole process can take anywhere between 2 weeks to 2 months on average. Notices are normally served at least two months before the planned start of work to the party wall.
The Building Owner will usually pay all reasonable costs associated with a Party Wall Award providing the works are solely for the Building Owner’s benefit.

A Party Wall stands astride the boundary of land belonging to two or more owners and either:
– Forms part of a building
– Separates two or more buildings
– or consists of a ‘party fence wall’
A ‘party fence wall’ is not part of a building but stands astride the boundary between land of different owners and is used to separate the land.
Floors or walls between flats are ‘party structures’.

Non-compliance with the Party Wall Act can lead to considerable legal implications, expenses, and delays. As a resident in Bromley, if your neighbour commences construction work and disregards the Party Wall Act, you can take legal steps.

If your neighbour’s non-compliance with the Party Wall Act leads to a dispute, you have the right to pursue legal action against them. Courts typically frown upon any failure to adhere to the statutory obligations of the Party Wall Act.

One of the most impactful outcomes of facing legal action is the financial burden. If a Building Owner has neglected their responsibilities under the Party Wall Act, they are likely to be held accountable for all the costs of the legal action to halt work and resolve the issue, which will likely surpass the cost of complying with the Party Wall Act itself.

Furthermore, the court can issue an injunction to stop any work until the issue is sorted out, resulting in significant delays and monetary losses. Interim injunctions can be granted promptly and cease the works instantly until the procedures stipulated by the Party Wall Act are followed.

To find a reliable party wall surveyor in Bromley, you can start by seeking recommendations from friends, neighbors, or local construction professionals who have previously used party wall surveying services. It’s important to choose a surveyor with experience in party wall matters, relevant qualifications, and a good understanding of the local regulations and procedures.
The duration of the party wall process varies depending on factors such as the complexity of the project, the cooperation between the parties involved, and any disputes that may arise. Generally, the process includes serving the notice, allowing a minimum statutory notice period (usually two months) for responses, and subsequent negotiations and agreements. It’s advisable to consult with a party wall surveyor early on to understand the anticipated timeline for your specific project.
You have the option to serve the party wall notice yourself. However, hiring a party wall surveyor is recommended as they have the expertise to ensure the notice is properly drafted and served in accordance with the Act. A surveyor can also provide guidance throughout the process, handle any disputes, and help reach mutually agreeable solutions.
A party wall agreement, often referred to as a party wall award, is a legally binding document that outlines the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved in the construction work. It is prepared by party wall surveyors and covers details such as the scope of work, working hours, access rights, and measures to address potential damages or disputes.
Party wall disputes can be resolved through negotiation between the parties involved or, if necessary, through the appointment of an agreed-upon third-party surveyor who acts as an “agreed surveyor.” In cases where each party appoints their own surveyor, the surveyors work together to reach an agreement, or a third surveyor may be appointed to make a final decision if the appointed surveyors cannot agree.

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