Party Wall Award & Fixed Fees – Quatrefoils Ltd

Party Wall matters can be expensive and there is no way of hiding from that as you cannot always control all of the costs. The expenses are not necessarily your surveyor as you can agree these up front but the Adjoining Owners Surveyor over whom you have no control. As soon as you submit for Planning Permission you should be aware that hoards of so called “Surveyors”, many unregulated by the RICS will write directly to you neighbours seeking appointment at your expense. Unregulated Surveyors can charge what they like for what is minimal work and if you are in a hurry to build it is often not worth fighting. I recently had a case where somebody was taking a chimney breast off their side which is a notifiable matter under the Party Wall act and the next­door neighbours appointed an unreasonably expensive surveyor for what was very minor works. Neighbours often do this as a lever to try and force people to stop building works that they cannot prevent by other means. I think we ended up with a bill for the owner in the region of £3000 for the neighbours surveyor which is excessive as it is really the Building Owner’s Surveyor ( that would normally be ourselves) who produces the Party Wall Award, the schedule of condition and sends out all the notices. It is often the case that the opposing surveyor is not generally Chartered but looks upon this as a means of easy money. You […]

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INTRODUCTION I have always had interest in Gothic architecture and have always been very impressed by the stone masonry work in churches and cathedrals. My family are well aware that every time we drive walk past a Gothic cathedral I’m going to have to stop and going to have a look at how it’s been built and in particular admire the stone tracery to the Windows The Quatrefoils shape is the four leafed clover window and can often be seen at the top of a Gothic arch filled with stained glass. It’s a Christian and Islamic symbol the word deriving from the Latin and comes from “quattour” or four and “folium” or leaves. My uncle also lives in a road called Trefoil Drive and which is the three leafed clover window so I suppose it been around me in some form for most of my life. It is often quite interesting trying to spell the company name down the telephone to someone and it is at times like this that one tends to think that maybe I should’ve called the company ABC Surveyors but I’m sure it’s been done before. I often have a number of discussions with people as to exactly how to pronounce the name of the company and its one of those terms like scones or tomatoes where everybody has a slightly different view.   WHAT HAPPENS AFTER SERVICE OF NOTICE ? A party Wall award can often be required when you undertake construction works either on […]