PARTY WALL SURVEYOR
Lee Kyson is a Party Wall Surveyor, strategically based in Upminster - virtually on the M25, he is ideally situated to supply Party Wall services throughout Greater London and the Home Counties. Having worked in the construction industry for over 35 years Lee has often carried out the works which come under the auspices of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and so has first-hand experience of actually carrying out the works involved, rather than just looking at them.
Lee was recently featured on the homepage of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors website, having had an article he wrote published in the quarterly newsletter.
Party Wall etc Act 1996
If you are about to, or intend to carry out work to your property, there are certain works which fall under the Act, you have a Statutory Duty to serve notice on the adjoining owners. If you are uncertain of your current situation or your obligations with regards to the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 please feel free to contact me.
Please feel free to contact me if :
• You have just been served a ‘Notice’.
• A neighbour has, or is about to start work and has not served a ‘Notice’ when you feel one ought to have been served.
Working on your behalf as Party Wall Surveyor Lee can:
• Serve Party Wall Notices.
• Undertake a Schedule of Conditions.
• Agree and serve Party Wall Awards.
Act on your behalf if the Building Owner refuses to engage the Act.
If you are considering appointing a party wall surveyor from a website check that their credentials are genuine. Ask yourself 'if there is only a phone number -why?' why haven't they put up their full details and been open about who they are? Have you received unsolicited mail from party wall surveyors? ask yourself why are they writing to you
You can check my details by searching my name in any of the organisations (clicking on the link will take you to the respective organisation):
- Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors
- Pyramus & Thisbe Club
- Chartered Institute of Building
- Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
- Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Chartered Building Consultancy
If you are an 'adjoining owner' under the 'Act' it is likely you will have been inundated with unsolicited letters from 'Party Wall Surveyors', these surveyors will have got your details from the fact that your neighbour proposes to carry out building works and has submitted a planning application making their details and proposals available from the planning portal . The purpose being that you will appoint them to act on your behalf, they may tell you that the building owner, the one proposing to carry out the works, will pay their fees. Often these fees are extortionate in relation to the work done and you may find that neighbourly relationships may disintegrate as a result. However you may also find that you are apportioned some of their fees, as the act states 'reasonable fees' and their T & Cs may state that you pay any shortfall in their fees. I often question the necessity of two surveyors carrying out a schedule of condition for relatively simple works, this places an unnecessary cost on the Building Owner which if an Adjoining Owner's surveyor insists on attending then I may seek to apportion costs to the Adjoining Owner.
Some considerations before sending a party wall notice yourself or responding to one you have received.