ADJOINING OWNER SURVEYORS

adjoining owner surveyor

Once your neighbour sends a Party Wall Notice, the next step is representing Adjoining Owner Surveyor. Whenever a Party Wall notice comes to the neighbour’s doorstep, the adjoining owner becomes aware of the neighbour’s proposed works. The power to consent or dissent to the notice is in the adjoining owner’s hands – if no response comes after 14 days, the notice dissents, and parties conflict with the Act.

In this case, the role of the surveyor is essential. The owners appoint the surveyor to serve a Party Wall Award. Then two surveyors select a third surveyor to resolve any conflict that the two surveyors do not solve. 

THE ROLE OF ADJOINING OWNER SURVEYOR

 Some of the roles and responsibilities of the adjoining role surveyors are:

  1. To review the notices available and associated drawings to monitor their suitability and validity.
  2. To coordinate with the building owner surveyors and the two surveyors appointed to select the third surveyor if the decision is difficult to make
  3. Visiting the property to monitor the workers’ work and check the precision of drawings.
  4. To negotiate with the building owner about the Party Wall Award
  5. To make and serve the Party Wall Award
  6. To provide advice and guidance to the adjoining owner
  7. If a dispute occurs, then to make a further award

PARTY WALL EXCAVATION NOTICE

Under section 6 of the Party Wall Act, a notice is served upon the adjoining owner surveyor in case of building works involving adjacent excavations. Two types of excavations are discussed under section 6 of the Act.

  1. Excavation done within 3 meters of the building of your neighbour
  2. Excavation done within 6 meters of the building of your neighbour

The proposal to strengthen or safeguard the foundations of the building must be present in the notice. The notice will also include the plans and drawings of the excavation location with respect to the building and the depth of the excavation activity. Also, the name and address of the person undertaking the work are included in the notice. A detailed explanation of the work, name, address of the affected party, and the start date are also included.

PARTY WALL ACT 1996

To prevent and resolve the conflicts arising during building party walls, building walls, or any excavation activity, Party Wall Act provides guidance and a framework. Under this Act, the building owner must coordinate with the adjoining owner before starting any work. After this, it is the choice of adjoining the owner to consent or dissent the work proposed. If they disagree with the building owner, then Party Wall Act provides a plan to resolve the differences. 

CONCLUSION

The role of Adjoining owner surveyors is vital in resolving the conflicts that arise. The Adjoining surveyor aims to safeguard the interests of the customers and decrease the expenses to the minimum rate in case of damages occurring during construction work done by the building owner.

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