Schedule of Conditions

According to the Party Wall Act 1996, a schedule of condition should be prepared prior to commencing construction on a current party wall, structure or any adjacent excavation works.

In the future, the schedule of condition will function as a record of a neighbouring property by a surveyor. Documenting the conditions of any existing neighbouring structures makes it possible for the owners to determine whether damage happened before the work begins or afterwards. And if the owners can’t agree, the schedule of condition proof comes in handy in determining who handles any damages, more of it can help establish liability.

In this article, we are exploring the Schedule of condition party wall, it’s importance in the context of the Party Wall Act 1996.

What is Schedule of Conditions?

A schedule of conditions (SOC) is a detailed and dedicated report undertaken by an experienced surveyor. It acts as a documentation of proof for the condition of the property and all elements involved in it. It includes photographs and written descriptions for legal or business purposes. This report will protect both parties from a clash in the future.

Importance of the Schedule of Condition Party Wall Report

The schedule of condition is one of the key parts in the party wall process, it lets you record the conditions of all the adjoining properties before the work begins.

The schedule of the condition’s primary goal is to satisfy two objectives. First, it functions as a guide if building development is causing harm to a neighbouring property. Second, it defends the structure itself from third-party allegations of injuries/risks.

Schedule of Condition procedure: Complete Guide you will ever need

According to the Schedule of condition, not only new damage claims will be avoided, but assuring that the essential relationship between neighbours is not disturbed. Besides, if you are preparing to carry out building work on your property/house, it is wise to ensure that you prepared a thorough written schedule of condition report of the adjacent property before the building works begins.

The Schedule of condition contains the following steps;

  • Construction Work Review

Trained and qualified surveyors observe the existing plans and proposed plans to advance the building works commencing.

At this fundamental stage, the surveyors will review the planned construction works from the neighbour property’s outlook (namely adjoining owner’s property under the Party Wall Act 1996). These places are then identified on the schedule of condition criteria list.

  • Inspection of the Surveyor Site

Experienced and practiced surveyors will visit the adjoining owner’s property before the building owners. This step makes sure there is a thorough view of the conditions of the neighbour’s property before the construction works commencing.

  • The Schedule of Condition Report

Knowledgeable surveyors will draw up the complete report that documents the present conditions of the property. The report will have an in-depth written record of the neighbouring structures and properties, fully indexed photographs (typically in the region of 100 or 1000 and some photographs on a CD or USB. After that, the report will then be hand over to both parties in a hard copy or PDF format.

Conclusion

In brief, it is recommended that the schedule of condition party wall should always be carried out with accuracy by an experienced Party Wall Surveyor; having an understanding of the conditions would help ensure that the work will be undertaken in good time. Besides, it cuts the likelihood of an argument with your neighbour over the damage. Thus following the process and keeping the report can protect you from later dispute.

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