Faulkners Surveyors Leeds

If you’re planning to undertake construction work on a shared boundary with your neighbour, you might need a party wall agreement.

It’s a legal document that outlines the responsibilities and rights of both parties involved in the construction process.


Faulkners Surveyors Leeds

Party wall disputes can be stressful and time-consuming affairs. Whether you’re planning to carry out work on your property or an adjoining neighbor is proposing building work that will affect your shared boundary, it’s essential to understand the role of party wall surveyors.

At Faulkners Surveyors, we’re experts in party wall matters and have extensive experience providing professional guidance to property owners in London and the surrounding areas. In this article, we’ll answer the all-important question of “Who appoints a party wall surveyor?” and provide a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the party wall process.

What is the function of a party wall surveyor?

A party wall surveyor is an independent specialist who provides advice and guidance on party wall matters. At Faulkners Surveyors Leeds, our team of skilled surveyors has extensive knowledge of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and can help property owners with a range of party wall issues.

Our surveyors act on behalf of either the building owner or the adjoining owner and ensure that all party wall matters are dealt with fairly and efficiently.

When is a party wall surveyor needed?

A party wall surveyor may be needed in a range of scenarios, including:

  • Building work on a party wall
  • Excavations within close proximity to a party wall
  • Loft conversions or extensions that affect a party wall
  • Renovations or repairs to an existing party wall

In all of these situations, the appointment of a party wall surveyor can help to prevent disputes and ensure that all parties involved are aware of their rights and responsibilities.

How to appoint a party wall surveyor?

The appointment of a party wall surveyor typically involves the following steps:

  1. Serving Party Wall Notice: If you plan to carry out work on a party wall, you must serve notice to all adjoining property owners. You should provide details of the proposed work and ensure that the notice is served in accordance with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.

  2. Response from Adjoining Owner: If the adjoining owner agrees to the proposed work, there is no need for a party wall surveyor. However, if the adjoining owner dissents or fails to respond within 14 days, both parties will need to appoint a surveyor.

  3. Appointment of Surveyors: Each party can appoint their own surveyor, or they can agree to appoint one surveyor jointly. The surveyor(s) will then prepare a Party Wall Award, which sets out the rights and responsibilities of each party.

  4. Completion of Work: Once the Party Wall Award is agreed upon, the building owner can commence work on the party wall. The surveyor(s) will carry out inspections throughout the process to ensure that all work is being carried out in accordance with the award.

Why choose Faulkners Surveyors Leeds for your party wall matters?

At Faulkners Surveyors Leeds, we understand the complexities of party wall matters and the stress that they can cause for property owners. Our team of skilled and experienced surveyors can provide a range of services, including:

  • Preparing and serving party wall notices
  • Providing professional advice and guidance on party wall matters
  • Negotiating with adjoining owners to achieve an amicable resolution
  • Preparing Party Wall Awards and Schedules of Condition

We pride ourselves on delivering a professional and efficient service, and our team has a wealth of experience dealing with party wall matters across London and the surrounding areas.

If you’re looking for a reliable and experienced party wall surveyor, contact Faulkners Surveyors Leeds today. We’re here to help you navigate the party wall process and ensure that your rights are protected.