Services – Party Wall Surveying

At Malachy Walsh we are Party Wall Surveyors specializing in party wall issues. Each brief is unique, and we are experienced in dealing with all matters relating to party walls. We are proud to offer a bespoke service to match the varying needs of our clients.
 
The current legislation dealing with party walls and associated matters is the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, which governs the rights and obligations of those proposing work to party walls/structures, and/or underpinning thereof, adjacent excavations and/or foundations (including piled foundations).

According to the Party Wall etc Act 1996, a ‘Party Wall’ is any structure on the boundary between two properties. A Party Wall is a wall shared between two or possibly more properties, each being owned by a different person. Before undertaking any works to the property that will affect the party wall such as extensions, structural alterations, extensions, etc., certain procedures must be followed, as set out by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.

As Building Owners, it’s vital you employ an expert Party Wall Surveyor to work with both parties to reach an agreement on how and when building works are carried out. A Party Wall Surveyor works on behalf of the Party Wall, so it is possible for both parties to use the same Agreed Surveyor. Alternatively, the parties can employ the services of separate Party Wall Surveyors who will work together to reach an agreement. The Party Wall Surveyors will draft a Party Wall Award which describes the works, what will happen and when, and outlines precisely the condition of the party structure and the Adjoining Owner’s property so that once building work has finished, the property and affected structures are returned to their original state. The Award also outlines who will cover the costs of any repair work and the Surveyor fees; usually the Building Owner.
We ensure the party wall process is easy and straightforward.
 
For initial consultation with a party wall surveyor or to get the party wall process underway, please contact Dr. Mehdi Bolourchi on 0207 2530893 or email mehdi@mwalsh.co.uk.