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 sign a generic agreement form following notice you are waiving your right to appoint a surveyor. In this case the person undertaking the work can proceed without making a schedule of condition of your property and if damage is caused it will be harder to prove and you would have to pursue any claim yourself. The Party Wall Act exists to protect you because the work proposed could adversely affect your property. The cost to the person undertaking the work is relatively small and you are entitled to the protection given. Speak to a Party Wall Surveyor before signing any forms. I can offer specific advice without any obligation.
This article was written by Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS. Carl is a full professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building for which he currently sits on the CIOB professional conduct committee and adjudications panel.
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