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:

- Consents

- 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.

4. Award

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.

The Next Steps

If appointing Aspen to act as the Building Owner's Surveyor

Date and sign the 'Letter of Appointment' - this formally enables Aspen PWS to serve the appropriate Notice(s).
 
 

Aspen PWS will then serve the appropriate Notice(s), subject to receiving necessary details from the Architect/ Structural Engineer

Once a response to the Notice(s) are received from the Adjoining Owner(s), Aspen PWS will carry out Schedule(s) of Condition at the Adjoining Owner(s) property.

Aspen PWS will agree the Award and once finalised, the Award and Schedule of Condition will be signed and issued to the respective appointing owners.
If appointing Aspen to act as the Adjoining Owner's Surveyor
 

Forward copies of all Notice(s) for our review
 
 

Date and sign the 'letter of appointment'. This allows us to formally act on your behalf.
Aspen PWS will then meet with the Building Owner's Surveyor at your property to carry out the Schedule of Condition
 
 

Aspen PWS will agree the Award with the Building Owner's Surveyor. This will then be signed and issued to the respective appointing owners.

Important note:
The Party Wall Etc Act 1996 stipulates that all Line of Junction and Excavation Notices shall be served at least one month before the intended start date, whilst Party Structure Notices shall be served at least two months before the intended start date.

However, these stipulated time frames can be waivered subject to the Adjoining Owner(s) consent.

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