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Party Wall Surveyors Croydon

Simmons Taylor Hall offers expert services that provide our customers with Party Wall surveys in Croydon. We ensure that our surveyors adhere to the Party Wall Act 1996 whenever managing party wall agreements.

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Our Chartered Surveyors in Croydon offer expertise and guidance when it comes to neighbouring property agreements, especially those affected by the Party Wall Act 1996. With our expert advice at hand, you’re sure to have a better understanding of how this important legislation affects your property development plans.

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The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 provides a key agreement for structures and walls to be worked on between properties, making it a critical step for property development — even if only minor changes are taking place. 

Any work on a neighboured property requires the express permission of both building owners and adjoining homeowners, also known as a party wall agreement. Such formal agreement must be obtained in writing, covering all details regarding potential remedial measures or future improvements that may arise throughout the duration of your project – Get in touch for lading party wall surveys in Croydon.

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Under the stipulations of the Party Wall Act, if you are a property owner in Croydon, it’s essential for you to serve notice prior to commencing construction work on a shared wall or near your property’s boundary.

You are required to inform your neighbours if you plan to execute any of the following:

1). Erection of new walls up to, or across, the line of junction.
2). Undertaking operations directly on a Party Wall, Party Structure, or Party Fence Wall.
3). Performing excavations within 3m or 6m to a depth that falls beneath the foundations or structures of the adjacent owner.

For a smoother execution, it’s recommended to engage with your neighbours before serving the notice. Generally, neighbours who feel they are consulted are less inclined to immediately hire a separate surveyor.

A Party Wall Notice in Croydon is an official declaration issued by the ‘Building Owner’, who intends to conduct the construction work. This notice can be dispatched by the Surveyor of the Building Owner. The Party Wall Notice allows the ‘Adjoining Owner’ to choose from one of three possible responses: 

1. Consent to the Party Wall Notice.
By consenting, the adjoining owner still maintains the protections accorded by the Party Wall Act, enabling the building owner to go ahead with the proposed construction work without requiring additional Awards. In such cases, we highly recommend implementing a Schedule of Condition to ensure the protection of all parties.

2. Dissent and Appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to Act on My Behalf.
If the adjoining owner dissents to the Party Wall Notice, they activate the formal procedures and protections encapsulated in the Party Wall Act. If they decide to appoint their own Party Wall Surveyor, it compels the building owner to do the same. The two chosen Party Wall Surveyors will then abide by the set procedures and reach a consensus on a Party Wall Award.

3. Dissent and Appoint an Agreed Party Wall Surveyor.
This choice mirrors the second response to the Party Wall Notice, with the sole distinction being that a single Party Wall Surveyor acts impartially on behalf of both parties involved

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 significant legal ramifications, costs, and delays. As a resident of Croydon, if your neighbour begins construction work and disregards the Party Wall Act, you can take legal measures.

If a dispute arises between you and your neighbour due to their failure to comply with the Party Wall Act, you have the right to initiate legal proceedings against them. Courts often look unfavorably upon any non-compliance with the statutory obligations set forth by the Party Wall Act.

One of the most substantial consequences of facing legal action is the financial impact. If a Building Owner has not adhered to their duties under the Party Wall Act, they’re likely to be held accountable for all the costs related to legal action taken to halt the work and resolve the issue. These costs are likely to exceed the expenses associated with complying with the Party Wall Act in the first place.

Moreover, the court can issue an injunction to stop any ongoing work until the dispute is resolved, leading to significant delays and financial losses. Interim injunctions can be granted swiftly, halting the works immediately until the Party Wall Act process is adhered to.

The cost of hiring a party wall surveyor in Croydon can vary depending on several factors, such as the complexity of the project, the number of party wall surveyors involved, and the specific services required. It’s advisable to request quotes from multiple surveyors and compare their fees. Typically, party wall surveyors charge an hourly rate or a fixed fee for their services.
A party wall surveyor is a professional who specializes in resolving disputes and ensuring compliance with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. They act as an impartial third party and oversee the party wall process, including assessing the impact of proposed works, preparing party wall notices, and facilitating agreements between the parties involved.
You may need to hire a party wall surveyor when you are planning construction work that may affect a shared or adjoining wall with your neighbor. This includes activities such as building an extension, excavating near a party wall, or carrying out structural alterations. The surveyor helps ensure that the rights and interests of both parties are protected.
To find a qualified party wall surveyor, you can start by asking for recommendations from friends, neighbors, or professionals in the construction industry. It’s important to choose a surveyor who is experienced in party wall matters and has a good understanding of the relevant laws and regulations. You can also consult professional organizations or search online directories for accredited surveyors.
A party wall notice is a written document that informs your neighbor(s) about your intention to carry out construction work that may affect a party wall. It is a legal requirement under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. The notice provides your neighbor(s) with the opportunity to raise any concerns or objections and allows the surveyors to establish a framework for resolving disputes and protecting the rights of all parties involved.

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