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Party Wall Surveyors Wimbledon

At Simmons Taylor Hall, our experts provide the top services in the area of Wimbledon for all Neighbourly Matters and Party Wall Surveys.

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Our Chartered Surveyors in Wimbledon offer an unrivaled level of expertise and aid when it comes to arranging neighbourly property agreements, particularly those influenced by the 1996 Party Wall Act. With our refined knowledge on such matters we guarantee that any party wall agreement you require assistance with in Wimbledon will be handled promptly, professionally and competently.

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Wimbledon property owners must navigate complex regulations when considering building work that could impact neighbouring properties. The Party Wall etc Act 1996 ensures compliance is maintained between both parties, even in cases of minor repairs and maintenance – there’s no room for error! If faced with a party wall dispute, our expert surveyors are on hand to provide guidance and assistance.

To complete any substantial property construction project, the cooperation of both landlord or homeowner and neighbour is essential. Working with our experienced team in Wimbledon will ensure that a Party Wall survey provides a clear outline for such an agreement – ensuring peace-of-mind for all involved throughout your remodeling or renovation endeavors.

What Are Party Wall Agreements?

A party wall agreement, sometimes called a party wall award, is a legally binding document between neighbours who share a wall/boundary. Its purpose is to prevent disputes that may arise from construction work affecting the party wall. The agreement involves serving a notice to inform neighbours about the proposed work. Neighbours then have a specific timeframe to either give their consent or express their dissent. If dissent is expressed, both parties will appoint a neutral party wall surveyor.

The surveyor’s role is to create the party wall award, which lays out the agreed construction work, rights, obligations of each party, and conditions to minimise disruption and protect interests. Party wall agreements are crucial for maintaining the structural integrity of shared walls and promoting positive relationships between neighbours during construction projects.

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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.
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Monarfon Holiday Cottage
2024-01-22
STH prepared specifications and were able to offer expert advise for elements of our repairs and refurbishment.
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Brandon Winchester
2023-04-26
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Party Wall Agreements For Rear Extensions in Wimbledon

Rear extensions are a popular way to expand living spaces and enhance property value. However, when planning a rear extension that involves a party wall shared with a neighbouring property or properties, it is essential to address potential disputes and legal obligations. Party wall agreements for rear extensions play a crucial role in safeguarding the interests of all parties involved and ensuring a smooth construction process.

This is where Simmons Taylor Hall can assist you with your construction plans. Neighbours will not always agree straight away for construction work to be carried out, which will cause issues for you going forward. If a neighbour dissents or does not respond within the specified time, a dispute arises, and both parties must appoint a party wall surveyor. The party wall surveyor acts as a neutral third party, ensuring that the rights and interests of both property owners are protected during the construction process. They facilitate communication, mediate disagreements, and prepare the party wall agreement, known as the party wall award.

Are Party Wall Agreements Compulsory?

Simmons Taylor Hall is a practice that was established in 1987, meaning that we have many years of experience in providing party wall agreements in areas in and around Wimbledon. During this time, we have been able to gain the experience and knowledge that is needed in the complex situations that can occur while going forward with party wall awards. Simmons Taylor Hall has worked with hundreds of clients to help them achieve their construction desires, in the most efficient and effective methods available.

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Why Choose Simmons Taylor Hall For Party Wall Agreements in Wimbledon?

Rear extensions are a popular way to expand living spaces and enhance property value. However, when planning a rear extension that involves a party wall shared with a neighbouring property or properties, it is essential to address potential disputes and legal obligations. Party wall agreements for rear extensions play a crucial role in safeguarding the interests of all parties involved and ensuring a smooth construction process.

This is where Simmons Taylor Hall can assist you with your construction plans. Neighbours will not always agree straight away for construction work to be carried out, which will cause issues for you going forward. If a neighbour dissents or does not respond within the specified time, a dispute arises, and both parties must appoint a party wall surveyor. The party wall surveyor acts as a neutral third party, ensuring that the rights and interests of both property owners are protected during the construction process. They facilitate communication, mediate disagreements, and prepare the party wall agreement, known as the party wall award.

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FAQ's

In compliance with the Party Wall Act, as a property owner in Wimbledon, you are obliged to serve notice prior to commencing any building work on an existing party wall or in close proximity to your property’s boundary.

It is mandatory to provide notice to your neighbours if you intend to carry out any of the following:

1). Construction of new walls at or over the boundary line.
2). Undertaking work directly on a Party Wall, Party Structure, or Party Fence Wall.
3). Performing excavations within 3m or 6m to a depth that is lower than the adjoining owner’s foundations or structures.

To ensure a more agreeable process, we suggest communicating with your neighbours before issuing the notice. Neighbours who feel consulted are generally less inclined to promptly engage a separate surveyor.

A Party Wall Notice in Wimbledon is an official announcement made by the ‘Building Owner’ intending to conduct construction activities. This notice can be given by the Building Owner’s Surveyor. The purpose of the Party Wall Notice is to allow the ‘Adjoining Owner’ to choose from one of three potential responses:

1. Consent to the Party Wall Notice.
In choosing to consent, the adjoining owner retains the protections provided by the Party Wall Act, which allows the building owner to proceed with the planned construction work without needing further Awards. In such cases, we strongly suggest establishing a Schedule of Condition to protect all parties involved.

2. Dissent and Appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to Act on My Behalf.
If the adjoining owner dissents to the Party Wall Notice, they engage the formalities and protections outlined in the Party Wall Act. If they decide to appoint their own Party Wall Surveyor, it obligates the building owner to also appoint a Party Wall Surveyor. The two selected Party Wall Surveyors will then follow the procedures and agree on a Party Wall Award.

3. Dissent and Appoint an Agreed Party Wall Surveyor.
This response is akin to the second Party Wall Notice response. The only difference is that a single Party Wall Surveyor acts neutrally on behalf of 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’.

Ignoring the Party Wall Act can lead to serious legal repercussions, costs, and delays. If you live in Wimbledon and your neighbour has started construction work without considering the Party Wall Act, you are entitled to take legal steps.

If your neighbour’s neglect of the Party Wall Act results in a dispute, you have the right to take legal action against them. Courts often view any disregard of the statutory duties defined by the Party Wall Act unfavourably.

One of the most substantial outcomes of facing legal action is the cost. If a Building Owner has failed to meet their obligations under the Party Wall Act, they are likely to be held liable for all costs related to the legal action needed to stop the work and resolve the issue, which is likely to surpass the cost of complying with the Party Wall Act itself.

Additionally, the court can order an injunction to stop any ongoing work until the dispute is resolved, causing significant delays and financial losses. Interim injunctions can be granted swiftly, stopping the work immediately until the process outlined in the Party Wall Act is followed.

In some cases, both parties involved in the party wall process may agree to appoint a single surveyor, known as an “agreed surveyor.” This can help streamline the process and reduce costs, as both parties share the services of a single surveyor who acts impartially.
When choosing a party wall surveyor, look for qualifications such as membership in professional organizations like the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Verify their experience in party wall matters and ensure they have appropriate professional indemnity insurance.
The cost of hiring a party wall surveyor can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the project, the number of party wall surveyors involved, and the specific services required. They may charge an hourly rate, a fixed fee, or a combination of both. It’s advisable to obtain quotes from different surveyors and discuss their fee structure and services in detail before making a decision.
If your neighbor refuses to engage in the party wall process or does not respond to the party wall notice, it may be necessary to appoint a surveyor on their behalf. This is known as an “agreed surveyor” or “surveyor for the absent party” and ensures that the process can move forward.
Certain minor works, such as drilling into a party wall to hang shelves or replastering, may not require serving a party wall notice. However, it is always recommended to consult with a party wall surveyor to determine whether the works fall within the scope of the Act and to ensure compliance with any relevant regulations.

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