Building work involving party walls can be contentious. But it really needn’t be if handled sensitively and correctly from
the start by an experienced Party Wall Surveyor.
Read on for some straightforward information about party walls. For those in London, Kent, Sussex or the South East, call
me on 07967 254296 for further advice about Party Wall Notices, Schedules of Condition and Party Wall Awards.
Party Walls: 3-Part Definition
- A party wall or party structure is one that forms a shared boundary between two or more properties.
- It may stand astride the boundary, or be wholly on one owner’s land but be used to separate properties.
- It can include garden walls (known as ‘party fence walls’), but doesn’t include fences or hedges.
My FREE 4-step guide (below) will tell you if you are, in fact,
dealing with a party wall. And you’ll get a concise, straightforward explanation of the correct procedure to follow.
Which means you’ll have the best chance of avoiding delays and either preventing disputes or resolving them quickly. So you can
get on with the job in hand.
Get the FREE Party Wall Guide
Party Walls: FREE Guide
Get clear on WHAT you need to do, as well as WHEN and HOW to do it.
For a concise summary of correct Party Wall procedure: click the PDF link below this box to download my FREE 4-Step Guide.
Or, for further details, see the government’s comprehensive 53-page explanatory booklet, ‘Party Wall etc. Act 1996’, at www.gov.uk.
Click below for the free, step-by-step guide to party walls.
The Party Wall Act 1996 – The Most Important Points to Consider
The Pyramus & Thisbe Club, of which I am a proud member,
promotes best practice among Building Surveyors when applying Party Wall procedure. As such, it played an important part in framing the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
The purpose of the Act is to provide a framework for preventing or resolving disputes arising from work that involves a
shared wall, or other structure shared by two (or more) properties.
The Act is NOT intended to prevent building work. It sets out the Building Owner’s rights as to
what kind of work is allowed. It also explains the Building Owner’s responsibilities towards Adjoining Owners.
The key points are whether the work affects the
structural strength of the wall, or damages the neighbour’s side of the wall.
Pyramus & Thisbe Club
The club’s name comes from characters in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Shakespeare’s two star-crossed lovers were separated by a wall following a family dispute. It didn’t end
Make sure your Party Wall negotiations run more smoothly. Read the full list of FAQs on the P&T website.
Do You Need Help From a Surveyor?
The best way to avoid delays and disputes is to be well informed from the start.
Get started now. Download my free summary PDF guide (above) and read the online guidance provided at gov.co.uk and the Pyramus & Thisbe website. Follow the recommended procedure and seek
advice where necessary.
As a Chartered Surveyor in Kent, one of my specialisms is carrying out Party Wall Surveys. I can:
- advise on the correct Party Wall process
- act as your appointed Surveyor
- also act impartially as the Agreed Surveyor for both parties (Building Owner and Adjoining Owner)
I Offer A Full Suite of Party Wall Services
I prepare and issue:
- Party Wall Notices
- Schedules of Condition
- Party Wall Awards
For those in London or the SE, call me on 07967 254296 for a FREE Party Wall consultation and advice about your particular circumstances.
I always advise clients that it’s in their own interest (and polite!) to talk to neighbours informally BEFORE any Notices are issued. It’s the best way to avoid misunderstandings.
Are you making alterations or renovations to your new or current home?
When you’re a homeowner, upgrading your property allows you to create a home that reflects your vision and
Avoid complications by ensuring the smooth progress of any refurbishment. And be in-the-know about necessary
permissions and approvals. Forewarned really is forearmed when it comes to property.
Get comprehensive advice and full costings before making structural changes such as knocking through walls and building extensions, or if you want to change the use of space by converting your
loft, basement or garage.
Are you looking for up-to-date information to clarify whether you need planning permission or building regulations approval for your work? It’s crucial you have certificates of compliance when you
come to sell your home.
If you’re buying an older or more unusual property or a listed building, get an in-depth analysis of condition and defects with a tailor-made condition survey. If necessary, the survey can focus
on particular areas of concern, helping you make informed decisions on remedial work.
Customised Surveys for Domestic Properties
I’ve worked as a Building Surveyor for more than 30 years (and counting!), mainly within private practice. I honed my skills
working for 25 years at Surveying firms in central London and Kent, before setting up my own Consultancy in Maidstone in 2010.
As a sole proprietor providing custom building surveys for domestic property, I’m used to working alongside other professionals. I also recommend and co-ordinate the services of other specialists,
such as architects, planners, engineers, solicitors, other surveyors and insurance experts in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
So you’ll reap all the benefits of a big firm’s breadth of experience and expertise, while enjoying a small-firm’s flexibility and personal attention.
Discuss Your Project With an Expert Residential & Party Wall Surveyor
To get advice from a Party Wall Surveyor in London or the SE, or to discuss a domestic or residential survey, call me on 07967 254296 with no obligation. Alternatively, send an email with brief details of what you need, and I’ll get back to you promptly.
I’m a fully qualified MRICS Chartered Building Surveyor specialising in Party Walls. I work in London as well as across Kent and the South East.
Find out more about me and the work I do. Discover why I got into surveying and see if I’ll be a good fit for what you have in mind.
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