Birmingham Party Wall Surveyors

Easton Bevins has a team of party wall surveyors covering Birmingham, with extensive expertise in managing projects governed by the Party Wall Act.

If you're planning to undertake work on a party wall, party structure, or boundary wall in Birmingham or its surroundings, or if you've received a party wall works notice from a neighbour and need guidance, we're here to help.

Our skilled surveyors will navigate you through the process, ensuring all work complies with the Act. We also specialise in swiftly resolving any issues that may arise, ensuring minimal disruption.

For expert advice and support relating to the Party Wall Act:

Call 0121 817 7670, email or complete
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Party Wall Act

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 was created to help prevent or resolve disagreements relating to work carried out on party walls and boundary walls, and excavations done near a neighbour’s building.


You can download the Government's explanatory booklet for further information. 
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The Party Wall Act requires that you give the adjoining owner notice of any party wall work. If you do not serve notice, you will have no legal rights to do the work. Similarly, if you require use of your neighbour’s land or any part of their property – for example to put up scaffolding – you will need to acquire the right to do this under the act.

Although sometimes viewed as unnecessary red tape, serving notice is required by law. It can also provide advantages which you do not get with the common law position, such as access for implementing the work.

In some instances, you may be able to oblige the neighbour to contribute towards the cost of the works, for example if it is a shared wall that is in poor condition.

But fundamentally it is designed to be useful for both parties, allowing the person doing the work to get the work done, and protecting the neighbour from unnecessary inconvenience and damage. It does not have to be complicated; if you get consent, you can get on with the work; if there is a dispute it can be resolved quickly and easily by putting the right paperwork in place.

Party wall disputes v. boundary disputes

Party wall disputes are sometimes confused with boundary disputes but the two are very different.
 

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Boundary disputes have recently become a more common occurrence in Birmingham probably due to the increase in property prices and land values.

If you think that someone has encroached on your land, that would be classified as a boundary dispute and cannot be dealt with under the Party Wall Act. Easton Bevins has boundary experts specialising in this complex area. We can also provide expert witness services if required.


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the process

Stage 1

If you are planning work on an existing party wall you need to give two months’ notice. If you are planning on excavating or building a new wall at the line of junction you need to give one month’s notice.

If you do not give notice your neighbour has the right to serve an injunction which will stop all work while a resolution is reached.

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Stage 2 

Once notice has been given, your neighbour will have three options.

i) consent to the works

ii) dissent to the works and you both agree to appoint one surveyor to act for both parties to resolve the matter

iii) dissent to the works and appoint their own party wall surveyor, so a separate surveyor working for each party

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Stage 3

If the neighbour does not consent, The Party Wall Act considers this to be a party wall dispute which must be resolved by way of a party wall award.

The party wall award is a legal document that governs certain aspects of the works such as timings, working hours, and potentially detail of the works.

Pre-works condition schedule

A pre-works condition schedule is required as part of a party wall award, and is considered good practice even in the event of consent. The schedule provides a record that can be referred back to in case of any damage during the works and serves to protect both parties - the person doing the work and the neighbour.

A party wall award is legally binding, however both sides will have 14 days to appeal the award in the County Court.

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Birmingham property Developers - Party Walls

The Party Wall Act applies to property developers when extending or repurposing buildings that are situated alongside other existing buildings, or when building new property developments where there are existing neighbours.

Notice also needs to be served on any site where building work is being carried out within three metres of a neighbour, and in some instances, this can expand to six metres.

Our experienced surveyors work with developers in and around Birmingham to help assess and manage any implications relating to the Party Wall Act for their developments.

We can offer expert advice and guidance relating to the act and help ensure compliance with its rules. In fact, many local developers in Birmingham now simply send us their plans so that we can review where the Act might apply, and then manage the whole process on their behalf.

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compliance with party Wall rules

There is now a far greater awareness of the Party Wall Act and more established building contractors understand the importance of complying with the rules of the act.

 

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Also, anyone applying for planning permission will be reminded to check whether the act applies to their project.

Unfortunately, smaller building projects carried out under permitted development often don’t require planning permission so there is no reminder.

In addition, there can be a perception that the Party Wall Act is an obstruction and some contractors carrying out smaller works either do not understand the act, or simply do not see it as relevant or necessary, putting projects and people at risk.

What to do if a neighbour starts work on a party wall without serving notice

Often a good first option is to politely point out the oversight and ask them to stop work and serve notice, this usually achieves the desired result.

What to do if a neighbour carries on with the work without an agreement

If this does not work, you can apply for an injunction to stop the work. An injunction could delay a project by anything from one month to six months, or more. If a builder has already started work, they will probably continue to charge after it has been stopped. Also, if any damage has been caused, significant fines may be incurred.

Get professional advice before things escalate.

Getting a professional involved can help take the emotion out of a situation. Remember, the Act is to everyone’s advantage and in our experience, in the majority of cases a resolution is without the need for costly legal battles.

If you have any questions about party walls, view our frequently asked questions or get in touch with one of our expert surveyors today.

party wall ADVICE - LOCAL Birmingham EXPERTs

If you are planning any party wall work, or have been served notice of works by a neighbour and are not sure what to do next, our surveyors in Birmingham can help.

We have extensive experience assisting homeowners, neighbours, and property developers in Birmingham with their party wall requirements.

No matter the situation, professional advice from our expert surveyors will ensure compliance with the rules of the act. In case of a dispute, it can usually be resolved quickly and easily by having the correct paperwork in place.

Fees for support with the Party Wall Act start from as little as £150, making it a wise choice to handle things properly from the beginning.

In the worst-case scenario, we can also provide expert witnesses specialising in party wall disputes.

Our experts

Michael Bull
Managing Director

With many years’ experience Mike has particular expertise in working on projects that fall under the Party Wall Act. Mike also offers expert witness services and has worked on numerous high-profile cases.

m.bull@eastonbevins.co.uk

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Ben O'Brien
Director - Building Surveying

Ben is an experienced party wall surveyor and has worked on numerous projects helping both developers and home owners manage compliance.

b.obrien@eastonbevins.co.uk

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Richard Sherwood
Director - Building Surveying

As an expert party wall surveyor Richard works with both home owners and commercial clients to help ensure compliance with the act. Richard is also retained as a party wall surveyor for a number of national developers.

r.sherwood@eastonbevins.co.uk

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Michael Bull
ICIOB MEWI

With many years’ experience Mike has particular expertise in working on projects that fall under the Party Wall Act. Mike also offers expert witness services and has worked on numerous high-profile cases.

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Ben O'Brien
BSc (Hons) MRICS

Ben is an experienced party wall surveyor and has worked on numerous projects helping both developers and home owners manage compliance.

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Richard Sherwood
MEng (Hons) GDipSurv MRICS

As an expert party wall surveyor Richard works with both home owners and commercial clients to help ensure compliance with the act. Richard is also retained as a party wall surveyor for a number of national developers.

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Party wall advice in birmingham

If you live in or around Birmingham and are having issues with party wall work our team of experienced surveyors will be able to help.

From our offices in Stourbridge, we provide expert advice on party wall projects and related issues to homeowners and developers in and around the Birmingham area.

Our well-established practice is renowned for its honest approach, clear and concise advice, and the highest standards of professional support. As a member of RICS, we bring extensive experience in all areas of the property and construction industry, ensuring our service is unmatched.

Whether you are a property developer or a private homeowner, contact our Birmingham team today for prompt, professional, and expert advice.

If you have any questions about party walls, view our frequently asked questions or get in touch with one of our expert surveyors today.

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Wassell Grove Business Centre
Wassell Grove Lane
Stourbridge
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0121 817 7670

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