How can we help you?
- Free advice to assess whether you are required to serve notice
- Step by step explanation of the process
- Practical estimate of the timescale required based on your circumstances
- Review of all documents at the outset to minimise delays later in the procedure
- Advice helping you to maintain a good relationship with your neighbours
- Competitive and itemised fixed fee quotations
Do you need to start work urgently?
Let us know if you need to start works urgently and we will fast track your case (at no extra charge): we can usually send notices out within hours of receiving the required documentation, let you know any further required information which would allow us to then have the Schedule of Condition and Award ready within 24 hours of our site visit.
Of course, we have no control over third parties involved but we will chase them as much as possible!
What works are covered by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996?
This list is non-exhaustive and the "devil is in the detail" but typically:
- Loft conversions
- Side return extensions
- Building works on the boundary
- Excavations within 3m (or 6m for deep excavations) of your neighbour’s buildings
- Demolishing and rebuilding the party (boundary) wall
Contact us and we will happy to advise whether you are required to serve notice. Emailing or faxing plans is the preferred method as we can call you once we have reviewed them. We aim to reply within 1 working day of receiving plans.
How long will this all take and when can I start works?
This is a difficult question to answer concisely as there are so many possible outcomes to the notices. We advise you to allow at least 2 months from the date of serving notice, ideally 3 montsh for peace of mind. The timescale depends entirely on the responses to the notices and the co-operation of other parties involved.
We will always deal with matters promptly and will fast track urgent cases to minimise delays.
How much will it cost?
Whilst we offer you a fixed price quotation, other costs are hard to budget for precisely. If your neighbours choose to use their own surveyor, you are usually responsible to pay his/her reasonable fees and sometimes other related fees.
Can you serve a notice for me and how quickly?
Yes we can and we recommend using a surveyor to serve notice on your behalf. If notice is served incorrectly, it would need to be served again and this may delay works. We charge a competitive fee per notice, inclusive of the Land Registry search fees. Timing depends on the information required and available – contact us and we will review your project and let you know what we need. Once we have all the required documentation, we usually send notices out within 24 hours and possibly even the same day.
Where can I find out detailed information about the Act?
We recommend you read the following government document