Party wall surveyor services
Argyle Design are qualified Party Wall Surveyors. We negotiate, or define, party wall agreements in Cambridge and surrounding areas.
We act for the:
- Building owner;
- Adjacent owner;
- Both owners, if they agree to use a single Party Wall surveyor, i.e. we act as the agreed surveyor.
The Party Wall etc Act 1996 provides a framework for enabling work. It helps prevent and resolve disputes about:
- Party walls;
- Boundary walls;
- Excavations near neighbouring buildings.
Party wall disputes resolved by a surveyor
Disputes typically include:
- New building on or at the boundary between two properties;
- Cutting into a party wall;
- Making a party wall taller, smaller or deeper;
- Removing chimney breasts from a party wall;
- Demolishing and rebuilding a party wall;
- Excavating below the level of a neighbouring property;
- Work to a wall or floor between flats.
Alas, Party Wall Surveyors do not determine or decide a boundary's location. Thus if you are in dispute with your neighbour, the boundary's location can only be resolved by an agreement between you and your neighbour. Resolution can be a lengthy process, and extremely expensive if court action occurs. However, archives and record photographs can shorted the process.
Party wall dispute information
Good information about the the Party Wall Act etc 1996 includes the government's website, which includes an explanatory booklet: Party Wall etc Act 1996 explanatory booklet. Alternatively try the Faculty of Party Wall surveyors website.
Do call us for advice or a quotation if you have concerns regarding the Act, or believe that work is being carried out that is covered by the Act.