Party Wall etc Act 1996
Resolution of disputes
If you are intending to carry out work that is covered by section 1 (Construction of a new wall or building at the boundary), section 2 (Repair, alteration, adaptation or adjustment to a party structure belonging to two or more owners) or section 6 (Excavations within prescribed distances and depths from an adjacent structure belonging to another owner) of the Act, then you must serve notice on any adjoining owner in accordance with the provisions of section 1(2), section 1(5) section 3 or section 6(5) according to the exact nature of the work proposed.
Whilst you can use "standard" forms available from various sources online, the Act is not prescriptive about the form and it is often better to have an especially worded letter prepared by an independent surveyor who has no direct interest in the design or its execution of the work you propose. It is often then possible to save considerable extra fees involved if two surveyors are appointed if the surveyor sending such a letter can secure the confidence of the adjoining owner and be appointed by both parties as the Agreed Surveyor.
If you do accept our fee proposal for undertaking the issuing of notices, then the method of notification will be informal (unless you specify otherwise) but fully compliant with the Act, intending to secure, where possible, the lowest fee liability to you, the building owner.
Under the provisions of section 11, except in certain specified conditions, fees for appointed surveyors are paid by the building owner.
Request for a written fee proposal for
Appointment as a Surveyor
by Building Owner