Party Wall Surveyors in Sheffield, Rotherham
and the Surrounding Areas

Are you planning extensive works at your home or premises which may affect your neighbour’s property? Perhaps you’ve already started but have encountered problems due to conflicts of interest. In business since 1997, Crossbow Developments offers a reliable report for clients looking to resolve party wall disputes amicably, without legal issues prevailing. Serving Sheffield, Rotherham and the surrounding areas, our party wall surveyors also specialise in home buyers surveys and a range of architectural services.

What are Party Wall Surveys?

The surveys – or agreements – are performed by two qualified surveyors, each working on behalf of the property owners involved in the dispute. Occasionally, our party wall surveyors will be contracted to work for both. 

Crossbow Developments will begin with a Service of Party Wall Notice, a letter of acknowledgement for a neighbour to complete and return. Two months’ notice is required for building works that will affect a party wall or property boundary line, with one month for excavation work. This is followed by a Schedule of Condition, a document outlining the adjoining property's current state. Should any damage occur during the construction works, the schedule is referred to ascertain the outcome.

The overall findings will include a legally binding report which details the following:

  • The details relating to the proposed works

  • Instructions for the safeguarding of the adjoining property

  • Access rights and working hours for stakeholders

  • The responsibilities relevant to parties named in the party wall agreement

Party Wall etc. Act 1996

This law was enacted to mandate the completion of party wall agreements where certain construction works are planned. Its immediate aim is to prevent and resolve all issues between stakeholders and achieve a favourable outcome that is satisfactory to all. The long-term objective of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 provides a framework for construction works where neighbouring properties may be affected.

Failure to comply with the act can result in delays, legal proceedings, and financial consequences. By working with our experienced party wall surveyors, property owners can ensure a smoother construction process while maintaining an amicable relationship with their neighbours. 

Examples of Party Wall Disputes

The following scenarios outline some of the more common reasons why our party wall surveyors at Crossbow Developments are hired by clients in Sheffield, Rotherham and the surrounding areas:

  • Construction of a new wall along the boundary line between two properties

  • Excavation work close to the neighbouring property, e.g. foundations for extensions or groundworks for basement conversions

  • Construction work on or near the boundary line between two properties

  • Renovations or alterations to an existing party wall, e.g. underpinning or the insertion of beams and other structural features

Call 01142 305360 or 07746 712627 and speak to our party wall surveys about our services in Sheffield, Rotherham and the surrounding areas.
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