Party Wall Surveyors in Marylebone

One of the most upmarket and desirable areas in London, Marylebone is a vibrant enclave of luxury boutiques, independent shops and historic buildings.

Party wall disputes can arise anytime, and you must deal with them promptly and effectively. Hamilton Darcey LLP provides a comprehensive and reliable surveying service in Marylebone, helping residents resolve their issues and protect their property.

What Is Considered a Party Wall?

According to Section 20 of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, a Party Wall can be:

  • Any wall which is shared between two properties
  • Any floor or ceiling separating two dwellings
  • A boundary line that separates two properties

Wooden fences, brick walls and garden retaining walls are not party walls and therefore do not fall under the Act.

Understanding Party Wall Agreements

When one neighbour intends to carry out specific works, they must serve a notice of their intentions to the adjoining owner(s). Some examples of these works include excavation, partitions and structural alterations.

Once the adjoining owner(s) has received the notice, they have 14 days to respond. Within this time, they may choose to:

Consent to the work

Both parties agree to the works, and the project proceeds as planned. A Schedule of Conditions is undertaken to assess the condition of the party wall before the project.

Disagree with the works

The parties can either agree on a surveyor or hire two to negotiate an agreement. They’ll negotiate the terms and draft a Party Wall Award.

A Party Wall Award is a legally binding document that outlines agreed terms between the two parties.

Not respond

In this case, they are granted 10 more days to respond on top of the 14 days. If they fail to respond within the allotted time, the other party can assign a qualified surveyor to negotiate the terms.

Types of Notice

Different types of notices can be served depending on the work being undertaken.

  • Party Structure Notice: served when the works involve building, demolition and excavation affecting a party wall or structure.
  • Line of Junction Notice: required when one neighbour intends to alter the boundary line between two properties.
  • Adjacent  Excavation Notice: sent when the neighbour plans to undertake excavations within three metres of their property.

Note that the neighbour planning to do construction covers all expenses. Ensure a desirable outcome by hiring our party wall surveyors in Marylebone.

Who We Serve

Building Owners

Before any building works commence, the proper notices must be filed and all associated costs covered by the building owner. Our party wall surveyors will take care of everything ahead of time to avoid stressful surprises and delays.

Services we offer include:
  • Party Wall Notice Filings
  • Party Wall Awards
  • Agreeing on a Party Wall Surveyor
  • Schedule of Conditions

Adjoining Owners

If you receive a notice, it is essential to take action immediately, or you may find yourself liable for costs. Hamilton Darcey LLP provides expert advice and guidance, helping to ensure your rights are protected, and disputes are avoided.

Services we offer include: 

  • Party Wall Advice and Guidance
  • Agreeing on a Party Wall Surveyor
  • Negotiating terms of the Award
  • Schedule of Conditions

Frequently Asked Questions

A party wall surveyor is an impartial expert who can assess the works and ensure that both parties comply with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. They will provide unbiased advice, helping prevent disputes or disagreements among neighbours.

Party wall surveyors help resolve disputes between the two neighbours, such as disagreements on works, costs and access to the property. They will mediate between the two parties, providing unbiased advice and support until an agreement is reached.

Generally, most surveyors charge a fixed fee covering their services and the associated paperwork. For a more accurate quote, give us a call.

Knowledgeable and Experienced Party Wall Surveyors

When constructing a party wall, it is important to understand the legal and technical issues involved. Our team of experienced surveyors in Marylebone can provide advice on the process, help to resolve disputes and ensure a smooth outcome. Contact us today for free expert advice.