Party Wall Services for Adjoining Owners

Received a party wall notice from a neighbour? As an adjoining owner you have rights under the Party Wall Act. Our RICS Party Wall Surveyors provide expert advice to adjoining owners affected by party wall works across London and the South East.

For a free party wall surveyor quote and impartial advice, call 020 7112 8877, or contact us.

Quick Enquiry

Complete the form below and we will be in touch to discuss your enquiry shortly.

royal institution of chartered surveyors RICS surveyors
p&t logo for party wall surveyors

Party Wall Services for Adjoining Owners

If you have received a party wall notice from your neighbour, or you think your neighbour should have served you with a party wall notice, then we can help.

Our RICS Chartered Party Wall Surveyors have helped hundreds of adjoining owners affected by party wall works and are ready to assist you.

Our party wall service for adjoining owners is comprehensive, including impartial expert advice, and ensuring that your neighbour safeguards your property through meticulous schedules of condition and party wall awards (agreements).

Contact us today to speak to a RICS Party Wall Surveyor.

party wall adjoining owners showing a row of terraced housing in london

Expert advice from RICS Surveyors

We provide adjoining owners with expert advice relating to their neighbour's party wall project. We advise on how best to respond to the party wall notice, undertake a thorough schedule of condition of your property before the works start, and agree party wall awards which have your interests covered.

How we help

As experience RICS Party Wall Surveyors we can help you ensure your neighbour's works are compliant with Party Wall Act, and safeguard your property. We will act on your behalf, impartially agreeing any maters in dispute, and meticulously scrutinising the proposals put forward by your neighbour or their surveyor.

Who pays our fees?

As an adjoining owner, our fees for acting on your behalf when dealing with a party wall matter will almost always be paid by your neighbour. On the very rare occasions where this isn't the case, such as where the work is required as a result of a lack of maintenance, we will inform you straight away.

Protecting your interests

When acting for adjoining owners on party wall matters, we put ourselves in your shoes. We understand the importance of safeguarding your property and ensuring your neighbour’s work is carried out carefully and correctly.

Adjoining Owner FAQs

Below are answers to some of the questions we are most commonly asked by adjoining owners about Party Wall matters.

The Party Wall Act, formally known as The Party Wall etc. Act 1996, is a piece of legislation that gives owners of buildings and land the rights to carry out certain types of works subject to serving party wall notices.

The works covered by the act relate to the construction of a new wall on or at the boundary with another property, excavation works near an adjoining structure or works directly to a party wall or structure.

The Act applies to all properties in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK Government has produced a useful party walls explanatory booklet, which gives a detailed overview of the Act.

The Act has primary purposes:

  • To enable owners to carry out certain types of construction work whilst protecting the rights of the neighbours, and
  • To avoid or reduce disputes relating to such work.

The Act sets out a process for resolving any disputes, and this is achieved by the formation of a Party Wall Award, sometimes called a party wall agreement. The award will agree any matters in dispute and stipulate how and when the works must be carried out.

If you intend to carry out works to your property, the Party Wall act defines you as the Building Owner. A Building Owner has a statutory duty to serve written party wall notices to all affected neighbours.

You need to serve party wall notices, when you intend on carrying out works which fall under three main categories:

  • Building new walls on the boundary line with another property.
  • Excavating close to an adjoining structure.
  • Works directly to a shared party wall or structure, such as inserting steel beams or removing a chimney breast.

If you intend to carry out any of the above, you will likely need to serve party wall notices on your neighbours.

If you are in any doubt about whether your works are notifiable under the Party Wall Act, we have created a table listing all the notifiable works, and this is located further down this page.

If you are in any doubt as to whether your works are notifiable, contact our RICS Chartered Party Wall Surveyors for free advice.

If your neighbour has started work without a party wall agreement (award), you can apply to the County Court to obtain an injunction to stop the works from proceeding until the process outlined in the Act has been followed.

The courts take a dim view of owners who intentionally ignore the Party Wall Act, and if it can be shown that the Act has been ignored, and no notices were served, you are very likely to be granted the injunction. However, the first action should be to inform your neighbour that you believe their works are notifiable under the Party Wall Act and that they should serve you with notice. It may well be the case that they didn’t know about the legislation in the first place.

If you are not comfortable talking to your neighbour, you can speak to a party wall surveyor, who can send a letter to your neighbor informing them that they have not followed the process in the Act and advising them of their obligations.

As part of our service to adjoining owners affected by party wall works, we always ensure that a thorough photographic and written schedule of condition is carried out of your property before the works start. This acts a record of the property’s condition prior to the work starting so that in the event of any damage occurring, we have evidence to ensure your property is made good.

If damage does occur, we will then review the damage, and where necessary carry out further inspections. From this we will establish if the damage was caused by the work and prepare a report, or party wall award, requiring that your neighbour makes good all damage at their cost.

Typically, you can then either agree to allow your neighbour’s contractor to undertake the required making good or alternatively that your neighbour provides you with a payment to cover the cost of you appointing your own contractor to carry out the work.

In most circumstances, the fees for party wall surveyors will be paid by the owner undertaking the works. This includes the fees of any surveyors appointed by their neighbours.

This is because the adjoining owner is seen as an innocent bystander who would not have to go through the party wall process were it not for their neighbour carrying out the works. Additionally, it is the owner carrying out the works that stands to benefit from them, and so they pay the party wall surveyors fees, just like the fees for other consultants such as architects, engineers, and planners.

There may be cases where an adjoining owner requests additional works are carried out, or where the works are being carried out as a result of the adjoining owner failing to undertake maintenance. In these cases, the apportionment of the party wall surveyors’ fees will be determined by the party wall agreement (Award).

The cost of a party wall surveyor depends on the complexity of the work being carried out, and how much time it will take them to deal with the matter.

Many party wall surveyors charge on an hourly rate basis, whereas others will provide fixed-fees for their services.

At Murrins, when we act on behalf of the owner carrying out the work, we always provide a fixed fee quote for party wall surveying services.

Typically, in London and the South East, you can expect to pay between £800 – £2,000 +VAT for a surveyor to act on your behalf providing a full party wall service, including schedule of condition and party wall award.

It is also important to bear in mind that you will likely be responsible for the fees of any surveyors appointed by your neighbours, as well as your own party wall surveyor’s costs.

We offer a free party wall surveyor quotation to all clients, so for an exact cost, please contact us.

When should my neighbour serve me with a party wall notice?

If your neighbour is carrying out any of the works listed in the tables below, then they should serve you with party wall notices in advance of the works starting.

Party Structure Notices:

Below details notifiable works relating to party structures. Note that not all notifiable works have been included, but the most common works have been.

Section of Act Notifiable Work Notice Period
Section 2(a) Underpin, thicken or raise a party wall. For example, to underpin or raise a parapet wall. 2 Months
Section 2(b) Where a wall is defective, carry out repairs, or demolish and rebuild it. 2 Months
Section 2(e) Demolish a party wall that is not sufficiently strong, or high enough, for the intended new building or extension. 2 Months
Section 2(f) Cut into a party wall for any purpose, including inserting a damp proof course or steel beam. 2 Months
Section 2(g) To cut away projections from a wall that over hang your land. Such as removing a chimney breast. 2 Months
Section 2(h) Cut away projections over your land to the extent necessary to erect a wall. 2 Months
Section 2(j) To cut into the wall of an adjoining property, which is not a shared wall, in order to insert a flashing. 2 Months
Section 2(n) To expose a section of a party wall or structure that was previously enclosed. 2 Months

The below table details the notifiable works that are covered by the Act in connection with building new walls on the line of junction with another property.

Section of Act Notifiable Work Notice Period
Section 1(2) To construct a new wall on the boundary line with another property, which is partly on both owners' lands. 1 Month
Section 1(5) To construct a new wall on the boundary line with another property, which is wholly on your own land. 1 Month

Line of Junction Notices:

Adjacent Excavation Notices:

The table below details where excavation works are notifiable under the Party Wall Act.

Section of Act Notifiable Work Notice Period
Section 6(1) To excavate within 3m of an adjoining property of structure and to a deeper depth than its foundations. 1 Month
Section 6(2) To excavate within 6m of an adjoining property or structure and to a depth that would intersect with a 45 degree line drawn downwards from the bottom of its foundations. Typically this only applies to piled foundations. 1 Month

Want to know more about Party Wall Surveying?

The RICS has produced consumer guidance covering the Party Wall etc. Act. The guidance is written in layman’s terms and gives an overview of the rights and obligation of the Party Wall Act.

What areas do we cover?

We provide expert party wall surveying services throughout London and the South East, particularly in areas including the London Boroughs of Bromley, Wandsworth, Greenwich, Southwark, and Lambeth. We also work in Kent, Surrey, and East Sussex. If you are unsure if we cover your area, please contact us and we would be happy to confirm if we can help.

Make an enquiry

Contact us for a free quote.

If you would like to speak to a surveyor for advice about arranging a survey, or if you would like a free no-obligation quotation, click on the button below to get in touch.

Enquire Now

Our Party Wall Services

Our RICS Party Wall Surveyors provide a complete party wall service to property owners throughout London and the South East.
a row of brightly decorated terrace houses with a blue sky

Building Owners

If you plan to undertake construction work near another property, you may be required to server party wall notices under the Party Wall etc. Act? Our experienced RICS surveyors can help.

Find out more

a man in a shirt with a clipboard looks up towards a house

Schedule of Condition

A detailed schedule of condition safeguards your property by providing a details record of the condition of your property before the works start.

Find out more

a row of muse houses in London with trees to the right on the opposite side of the road

Party Wall Award

Expert party wall awards (agreements) prepared by experienced RICS Chartered party wall surveyors throughout London and the South East.

Find out more

About Murrins RICS Chartered Party Wall Surveyors

We are firm of expert RICS Chartered Surveyors with decades of experience providing professional surveying and architectural services to clients across London and the South East.

Our range of services includes RICS Home Surveys such as Building Surveys and Homebuyer Surveys, party wall surveying, and architectural design for planning and Building Regulations applications.

For a free quote or initial advice, call 020 7122 8877.

murrins rics chartered surveyors logo
an image showing a single storey extension with large bi-folding doors and a timber decked patio
a man in a shirt with a clipboard looks up towards a house
block of flats during a rics level 2 homebuyer survey
a party wall surveyor in a high vis jacket shows a women something on a clipboard in front of a house

Enquire now about your Project

Get in touch to speak to us about your project, or for a free no-obligation quote.

Or call us on 0207 112 8877, or email your enquiry to contact@murrins.co.uk.

Get in touch

For a free, no-obligation quote for any of our services, simply complete the form and we will be in touch shortly.

Or call us on 0207 112 8877, or email your enquiry to contact@murrins.co.uk.

rics logo

Quick Enquiry

Complete the form below and we will be in touch to discuss your enquiry shortly.