A “Party Wall Agreement” is not the same as a Party Wall Award. An “agreement” would generally be used when the person doing the work and his neighbours agree to accept the work in progress without the need to include the party surveyors. If a neighbour is not willing to accept the work in progress, it would usually require a “Party Wall Award” before work begins. Parties under a party wall contract are referred to as owner and adjacent owners. The owner is the one who does the work. Adjacent owners are those whose land is adjacent to the proposed works. Once you have sent a party wall to your neighbor, he will have 14 days to respond in writing. If he/she unravels the communication of the party wall or does not respond to you within 14 days, a difference between the parties is considered born. This means that you and your neighbour must appoint surveyors from Section 10 of the Party Walls Act. You can either agree on a single party leader or you can appoint different surveyors.
The most common party wall is the one on the border, which separates the land from the neighbours, but it is actually part of the property where the owner`s building is located. There is no restriction for someone who calls himself a “party surveyor” and there is no precondition for qualification, continuing education or insurance of professional liability. It is an unregulated service. So you have to carefully choose your surveyor, talk to them and find out what their experience is. Members of the Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are properly regulated and insured, and members of the party`s college of surveyors have completed at least one basic level of education. Remember, a bad surveyor can be expensive and often worse than any party surveyor. The communication of use can be made free of charge, with appropriate standard forms or by a surveyor for the holidays for a flat fee. A confirmation letter for the neighbour is usually included. Much of Collier Stevens` work is used for party decisions, rewards agreement and dispute resolution.
We have a special section in our Advice Hub that can help you answer all the other questions related to the face of the walls. We are often asked what we are actually doing, so this article is supposed to help you understand why a surveyor is needed and what the role parameters are. If you do not reach an agreement, you will need to appoint a surveyor to organize a Wall of The Feast Award that contains the details of the work.