Forty5˚ provides specialist advice and services regarding party wall surveying and building consultancy. We assist commercial and residential property owners, builders and architects across London.
WHAT WE DO
We specialise in Party Wall matters and are a member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors, as well as providing property development advice for both private and commercial clients.
We offer a comprehensive service for the preparation of party wall awards, including party structure notices, for private residential property, offices and shops in the London area. We can act for Building Owners, Adjoining Owners independently as well as acting on behalf of both parties.
We also offer development consultancy services and through feasibility studies and cost analysis we are able to advise on property / land development potential.
The purpose of the Party Wall etc Act 1996 is to put a framework in place in which party wall matters can be resolved without expensive legal action. The Act sets out precisely what can be done when proposed construction works have an effect upon neighbouring property.
ARE YOU A BUILDING OWNER?
An Owner planning to undertake works that fall within the scope of the Act should start planning early; notice periods are either 1 and 2 months depending upon the type of work but where complex works are to be undertaken it can take longer than that for an Award to be agreed. We advise Building Owners to speak to their neighbours before serving the formal notice. Neighbours that feel they are being kept informed may be less likely to immediately appoint a surveyor when a formal notice is served.
ARE YOU AN ADJOINING BUILDING OWNER?
Often an Adjoining Owner only becomes aware of their neighbour’s construction plans when they receive the Party Wall Notice. An Adjoining Owner has the option to either consent or dissent to a notice but if no response is made within 14 days the parties are deemed to be in dispute under the act. Where a dispute arises each Owner must appoint a surveyor so that a Party Wall Award can be agreed.