Within England and Wales, The Party Wall etc Act 1996 provides a method for resolving disputes between neighbouring owners when construction work is to be carried out on or adjacent to the boundary between premises.
The Act places a duty on the Building Owner to serve Notice of the Adjoining Owner, informing him of the intended work. If upon receiving the Notice, the Adjoining Owner fails to respond or dissents from the work, a dispute is said to have arisen. Once a dispute has arisen, each Owner must appoint a Surveyor who will then prepare a Party Wall Award, an agreement setting out the work and how and when it will be carried out. The Award will also specify the rights and duties of the two Owners.
Simpson Chartered Surveyors act as Party Wall Surveyors for both Building Owners and Adjoining Owners for a wide range of building projects from small domestic extensions to large multi-million pound commercial developments.
Robert Simpson is a member of the faculty of party wall surveyors and he has wide-ranging experience as a Party Wall Surveyor. He and would be pleased to offer advice to prospective Clients considering building works or to Owners who have received a Notice under the Act.