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What is the point of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and how does it benefit me?

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

What is the point of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and how does it benefit me I see as an experienced…

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What is the importance of a schedule of condition report, sometimes referred to as a partial schedule of condition?

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

A Schedule of Condition is essential! It's like drawing a line in the sand to record the condition of all of the adjoining properties before the building works begin and it is essential for…

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The Role of a Party Wall Surveyor - What Does a Party Wall Surveyor Actually Do?

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

The term surveyor is defined in the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 as any person who is not party to the works. This means you do not necessarily have to be a surveyor to perform the role of…

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How To Inform Your Neighbours About Party Wall Works

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

It is obviously best to discuss your planned work fully with the Adjoining Owners before you (or your professional adviser on your…

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Party Wall Disputes and Neighbours

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

At Tayross Associates we have an enviable record as acting as the Agreed Surveyor for parties engaging in building works and handling Party Wall disputes with neighbours. We regularly save Building Owners thousands of pounds when…

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How to Keep Party Wall Surveyors Fees Down

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

When serving a Party Wall Notice under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, the last thing you want to do is download a generic notice from the Internet and serve it yourself, unless…

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I Need a Party Wall Surveyor in Pinner

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Pinner is located in the London Borough of Harrow, with early recordings of its existence dating back to 1231 when it was called Pinnora. Characterised by its mix of Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco properties, in recent…

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Are My Building Works Notifiable Under The Party Wall Act?

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

At Tayross Associates we are happy to receive drawings from Building Owners to advise which works are notifiable and which sections apply under…

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Section 10 (4) Party Wall Notices – When are they used?

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

A Section 10(4) Party Wall Notices is served when an Adjoining Owner fails after 14 days to respond to an initial Notice. At Tayross Associates, we find there are a number of reasons why an Adjoining Owner may…

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What is an Adjoining Owner?

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, what does "Adjoining Owner" mean? Essentially, an Adjoining Owner is anyone with an interest greater than a yearly tenancy in the adjoining property,…

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The Pitfalls of Serving Your Own Party Wall Notice

Friday 26th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

The main issue with serving your own notices (often downloaded from Google) is that you're acting as someone who should have experience of Party Wall matters and without this experience it's very easy to trip…

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Party Wall Injunction & Stay of Works

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

What is a Party Wall injunction or a stay of works? A Party Wall Injunction is obtained by the Adjoining Owner when a Building Owner commences the notifiable work to their property without having served a Party Wall Notice…

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How can I persuade my neighbour to use one Agreed Surveyor?

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We at Tayross Associates often get asked the question, "How can I persuade my neighbour to use one Agreed Surveyor?" I always say that the key to successfully agreeing one Surveyor operating for…

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Serving a Notice under the Party Wall Act

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

It is obviously best to discuss your planned work fully with the Adjoining Owners before you (or your professional adviser on your behalf) give notice, in writing, about what you…

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The Party Wall Act and Compensation

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Section 7 (2) Compensation According to this section, the Building Owner must compensate for 'any loss or damage which may result to any of them by reason of any work executed in pursuance of this Act.' In order for…

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Finlock Gutters: Their Problems and The Solutions

Thursday 25th July 2019
Enrico Hernandez BSc PGDipSurv MFPWS

Finlock gutters are a concrete guttering system commonly found in properties dated between 1950 and 1970. Mainly manufactured by a company called…

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Do I need a Schedule of Condition when taking over a lease?

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

It is essential when taking over the lease from another party that a line in the sand is drawn at this stage as you will become…

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Do I need an RICS HomeBuyer report or a full detailed Building Survey?

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We at Tayross Associates Chartered Surveyors and Building Consultants often get asked what is the difference between a RICS HomeBuyers report and a full detailed Building Survey (level…

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Party Wall Dissent Options

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

It's not unusual for Building Owners to try and convince Adjoining Owners that they only have one option and that is to dissent to the works and…

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The Importance Of A Schedule Of Condition Report

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

party wall schedule of condition A Schedule of Condition is essential! Whilst not actually a legal requirement when it comes to Party Wall matters, it is strongly advised as it's like drawing a line in…

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Area Guide: Pinner in The London Borough of Harrow

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Pinner is in the London Borough of Harrow and dates back to as far as the 14th Century. Known for its wide tree-lined streets,…

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Builder Dispute in London - Case Study

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

builder dispute in london We were contacted by our clients regarding a dispute they were having with their builder, regarding the workmanship of the works that were…

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What happens if I do not serve a valid Party Wall Notice?

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Should I serve a Party Wall Notice if I'm cutting into the Party Wall for steel beams/What happens if I don't serve Party Wall Notice for these type of works? -- We were recently…

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The importance of a Schedule of Condition/Dilapidations

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We recently had a client that called us to assess a Dilapidation invoice for £70,000 plus VAT in the Middlesex area. Unfortunately, none of the lessees in the listed building and also within a conservation area had had a Schedule…

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A Useful Guide to Party Wall Definitions

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Useful Party Wall Definitions It's always useful to understand definitions when it comes to application of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. We at Tayross Associates tend to talk in plain language when discussing issues with Building Owners…

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The True Value of a Schedule of Condition for a Commercial Lease

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

It never ceases to amaze me the amount of parties taking on new leases of properties that do not have a schedule of…

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My Insurance Policy Will Not Cover My Leaking Basement (Battersea)

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Last year we featured a blog post about a leaking basement in a newly refurbished flat in Lavender Hill, Battersea. We are often…

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Do You Have a Defective Slate Roof?

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Looking at a defective slate roof in Pinner We at Tayross Associates Chartered Building Surveyors were recently asked to inspect a newly…

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Danger/Risk/Hazard of Private Party Wall Agreements

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Private Party Wall Agreements We at Tayross Associates often come across cases where the BO's (Building Owners) have privately agreed works without serving notices on their neighbours. We find that this can…

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Latest update and thinking on Schedules of Condition and leases for commercial properties

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

In response to a landlord's request for payment to replace the roof of a listed building, Tayross Associates have been employed by tenants of…

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Building near to a public sewer

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Building near a public sewer We at Tayross Associates often get that distressing phone call when a Building Owner gets into difficulties with their building works. Recently we had a Building Owner in Ruislip who got…

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Building Defect Analysis: Structural damage to stone columns in a bay window of a Victorian house

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We were recently asked by a client to visit a Victorian mid-terraced house in Highgate, London (N6) suffering from structural issues. The client was concerned about vertical cracks running virtually the full height…

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High/Low Voltage Cable Discovered During a RICS Level 3 Building Survey

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Manhole in garden build over agreement We were recently instructed by our Client to carry out an RICS Level 3 Building Survey on a detached house in Pinner. And as part of our Building Surveys we always ask clients to…

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Recently concluded crane and scaffolding licenses for a development in South West London

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

When carrying out building works, developers, contractors and the like should allow a minimum of 12 weeks lead in to get approval of scaffolding and in particular crane licenses so as not…

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Crane and Scaffold Licence in London

Thursday 25th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

At Tayross Associates we can provide crane and scaffold licenses for property developers undertaking major building works in and around London. To find out more about this service, please call us on 0208 426…

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How do I find a cost effective Party Wall Surveyor?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

As a Party Wall Surveyor with 25 years experience in the building industry you get to see all the things that could go wrong when undertaking a building project. I like to think that as…

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We have served a party wall notice on our neighbour but they are not responding or replying what should we do?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Try speaking to them about it, in fact it's always a good idea to speak to them before you issue a Notice and then…

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I have been just served a Notice how do I appoint a Party Wall Surveyor at my neighbour’s cost?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We would first check on the validity of party wall notices at no cost. If you decide that you would like a "party wall award" drawn up and for me to…

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What do I do with a Party Wall Notice that I have just received from my next door neighbour - should I appoint my own surveyor or should I ignore it?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

If you have received a party wall notice you would be wise to consult a party wall surveyor and subject to the surveyor's advice have a Party Wall Agreement (Statutory Consent) or a Party Wall Award. If you…

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Who pays for the Party Wall Award? / Who pays the fees?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Who pays for the Party Wall Award? / Who pays the fees? The surveyor (or surveyors) will decide who pays the…

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Can I appoint my Party Wall Surveyor as an “Agreed Surveyor” on behalf of my neighbour?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

What is an "Agreed Surveyor" / What is an "Appointed Surveyor" Under the Act both parties can use the same…

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Do I have to pay to build on a Party Wall?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Your agreement with the Adjoining Owner, or the Award in the event of a dispute, will set this out. The general principle in the Act is that the Building Owner who initiated the…

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Can a building owner act as a Party Wall Surveyor?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

No. The surveyor should have a good knowledge of construction and of administering the Party Wall etc. Act. A qualified building professional with some experience or knowledge of party wall matters is the best option. The Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors…

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What is a Party Wall Surveyor?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

What does a Party Wall Surveyor do? The Surveyor(s) are responsible for preparing a ""Party Wall Award" in relation to proposed works on / near the party wall, after a Notice has been…

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What is a Party Wall Notice?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

When do I serve a Party Wall Notice? / How much notice do I give before starting any building works? Under The Party…

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Party Wall Act – Informing neighbours about building works?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

How do I inform the Adjoining Owner or owners? / Serving a Notice under the Party Wall Act. It is obviously best to discuss your planned work fully with the Adjoining Owners before you (or your professional…

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Party Wall - Who is the Adjoining Owner?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Under the Party Wall Act, what does "adjoining owner" mean? Essentially, an Adjoining Owner is anyone with an interest greater than a yearly tenancy in the adjoining property, or the property next door to your…

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Can I build on a Party Wall?

Thursday 4th July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Where a Building Owner wants to carry out various sorts of work to an existing party wall, then the Act provides them with additional rights which extend beyond…

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The Importance of Dilapidation Schedules

Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We at Tayross Associates located in Pinner Middlesex were recently asked to provide advice on a Schedule Of Dilapidations for Television House in Eastcote…

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Basement in Harrow

Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Carl O’Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

At Tayross Associates were recently asked to provide party wall services for a basement construction in central Harrow. We are now finding…

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Is it necessary to commission a detailed commercial building survey report when taking over an existing lease?

Wednesday 17th April 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Usually when taking over the lease from another party it is essential to have some sort of Schedule of Condition or Dilapidations…

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RICS Commercial Building Survey in Harrow

Wednesday 17th April 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Overview: Commercial Building Survey in Harrow of an existing high street shop and storage area. Advice given on flat development at rear. - Flat roof issues. - Scaffolding license required. - Party Wall…

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Building Defect Analysis: Structural damage to stone columns in a bay window of a Victorian house

Monday 4th March 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

We were recently asked by a client to visit a Victorian mid-terraced house in Highgate, London (N6) suffering from structural issues. The client was concerned about vertical cracks…

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Party Wall enclosure costs for basements - What you need to know

Monday 4th February 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS

Tayross Associates recently worked on a job in inner London where we were asked to calculate the enclosure cost for an existing retaining party wall originally built by the Adjoining Owner. We were successful in…

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