Surveyors appointed under the Party Wall etc Act 1996 perform a statutory role in administering the legislation and resolving disputes in connection with certain works to which the Act relates.
JGA are specialists in the field of party wall surveying taking instructions countrywide from developers and private residential clients. The Directors are members of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors (FPWS).
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The Party Wall etc Act 1996 (The ‘Act’) came into force on 01 July 1997 and applies throughout England and Wales. It provides owners of land and buildings with certain rights to facilitate construction works, and places obligations on the party desirous of undertaking notifiable works to serve notice on their neighbours, and adopt subsequent dispute resolution procedures if the notice(s) are ignored or dissented to.
Notifiable works under The Act include:
a) Building at or on a line of junction (a boundary) that is not built upon.
b) Undertaking various prescribed works to an existing party wall, party structure or a party fence wall.
c) Excavating within certain distances of the neighbour’s property.
The Act exists to assist owners of land or property to accomplish their proposed works, whilst at the same time providing suitable protection to their neighbours.
A Schedule of Existing Condition is commonly undertaken to record the condition of the neighbour’s property prior to commencement of works in the event of subsequent allegations of damage. However this is not a legal requirement under the legislation.
In the event that the notice of the proposed works is dissented to by the neighbour, the surveyors appointed by both parties to act on their behalf will prepare an Award which is a legally binding document setting out the rights and responsibilities in connection with the proposed works, identifying the parties and the relevant properties. This is served on the parties by the appointed surveyors prior to the commencement of works. An appeal process exists should one of the owners wish to challenge the Award.
We are happy to accept appointments from building owners and adjoining owners (or both) in the role of 'agreed surveyor', as provided for under the Act.
For more detailed information on the Act please download our services leaflet:
Our instructions are on a countrywide basis, regularly administering the Act on behalf of individual householders as part of their legal obligations when extending/altering their property.
We regularly receive referrals from solicitors who wish to ensure that their clients receive the best practical advice to resolve their particular Party Wall problem based on our solid knowledge of this area of law.
We act for numerous developers on a continual basis, with developments comprising both residential and commercial new build schemes, usually within city centre locations.
A robust and forthright approach is always taken by our party wall surveyors, ensuring that the Act is dealt with as efficiently and expeditiously as possible within the framework of often contentious situations. This is possible due to our specialist detailed knowledge of the Act and its mechanisms in what can be an extremely complex legal framework. In light of our solid knowledge of this area of law, we regularly receive referrals from solicitors who wish to ensure that their clients receive the best practical advice to resolve their particular party wall problem.
John Goddard Associates have a demonstrable and renowned track record in the complex area of Party Wall Surveying. This is backed by membership of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors on the part of the Directors. At present, the FPWS is the only professional body that accredits Party Wall Surveyors following examination of written Awards and professional interview.
In many instances we are able to offer a fixed fee to domestic owners for our party wall services