The Party Wall process - simply explained
1. Letter of Appointment
The first step of the process is to sign a 'Letter of Appointment', which will enable us to formally act on your behalf. The letter is commonly sent and returned via email to avoid delay.
2. Service of Notice(s)
The Building Owner's Surveyor will serve notice(s) to the adjoining owner(s) that are deemed 'notifiable' under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. An Adjoining Owner has three ways in which to respond to the notices:
- Dissent and appoint the Building Owners Surveyor to act in capacity as the 'Agreed Surveyor'
- Dissent and appoint an independent Surveyor
3. Schedule of Condition
Prior to commencement of the notifiable works, the appointed Surveyor(s) will attend the Adjoining Owner's property to carry out a detailed Schedule of Condition. This report identifies all cracks and defects, if any, along with a photographic schedule. This report is then used during the final inspection upon completion of the notifiable works to distinguish any new cracks.
The Party Wall Award is a legal document that sets out the rights and responsibilities of the Building Owner. It sets out the proposed works in detail and any safeguard measures that must be enforced to mitigate both damage and inconveniences to the Adjoining Owner and their properties. Once this is agreed amongst the appointed Surveyor(s), it will be signed and issued to the respective appointing owners.