Party Wall Etc. Act 1996

Party wall surveying

Does the Party Wall Etc. Act 1996 affect you?

Yes, if you are intending to carry out works within close proximity of an adjoining wall.

How much notice do I need to serve?

At least two months' notice is required prior to work commencing.

What if I haven't served the sufficient notice?

A surveyor, like ourselves, needs to be appointed to act impartially between both parties to ensure that the works are carried out in accordance with the act.

Why do I need a surveyor like Hough & Co.?

Hough & Co. will ensure that the works are carried out in accordance with the act and will work to resolve any issues, queries, or disputes between neighbouring parties.

My neighbour has begun work without informing me. Can Hough & Co. help me?

Yes! We can liaise with the neighbouring party and ensure that the act is upheld and that your property is protected.

Who pays for Hough & Co.'s fees?

The Award will determine who pays for the work if this is in dispute. Generally, the building owner who started the work will finance the surveyor's costs, but these will be apportioned between the owners where appropriate, in accordance with the act.

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