We are often asked what are the consequences of doing work such as a loft conversion or extension without first serving notice and complying with the party Wall Act. One answer is that purchaser’s solicitors DO ask in their searches whether the Act has been complied with. We had an email recently from a solicitor acting for prospective purchasers of a property in London SW6:

“ we understand that you acted as the party wall surveyor for the previous owners of this property for their works carried out to the property in 2013. We have been provided with the attached schedule of condition. Are you able to provide us with the award and also confirmation/evidence that this was finalized with the neighbours and all requested works carried out?”

We could and we did provide this information.

A prospective sale could be delayed or frustrated if the information about party wall matters is not made available to a purchaser’s solicitors.

If you are a building owner carrying out work to your property that falls within the scope of the Act or if you are an adjoining owner where your neighbour is carrying out work to their property. Alan Riley Associates can make sure party wall notices are properly served and provide you with timely, economical expert advice to guide you through the requirements of the Act.

For free advice, contact Alan Riley FRICS FFPWS on 020 8704 1952 or email ariley@ic24.net