Land Registry Search Fees (to verify neighbours' identity & address)
Annotating your drawings (if necessary) for clarity and to ensure the notice is valid, and providing explanatory notes.
Providing an Acknowledgement / Form of Consent.
Serving the notice together with a stamped reply envelope (unless you choose to hand deliver - this is recommended)
Providing follow up 'Ten Day Notices' if necessary
Answering neighbour's questions
All normal disbursements
We offer two types of notice*:
*Notices can omit or include the offer of a Schedule of Condition (We recommend a Schedule of Condition).
£975 plus VAT*
Applies to our appointment as Agreed Surveyor or Building Owner's surveyor (except where certain other surveyors are involved - We will advise you in these cases)
£1,195 plus VAT*
The Award would include a prior Schedule of Condition of the adjoining property. Sometimes additional inspections at the end of the project are necessary or requested, for example if damage has been caused or to inspect areas from scaffolding that might later be inaccessible. An additional fee would apply in these cases based upon the time needed (we would advise on this in advance).
See below for fuller explanation of when additional fees may apply.
*Second or subsequent Awards for owners of the same building, if we are appointed as Agreed Surveyor, are charged at £195 plus VAT assuming all parts are accessed for the survey in a single visit.
During the CORONAVIRUS outbreak Schedules of Condition will not be undertaken. Awards can still be made and fees will be discounted by £300 for surveys that are not carried out. We have prepared Guidance Notes to enable Adjoining Owners to make a photographic surveys of their own properties in lieu of a professional Schedule of Condition
If a neighbour consents to a notice and a Schedule of Condition was not offered works can proceed without further cost or action.
If a neighbour consents to a notice and a Schedule of Condition was offered this needs to be done before works commence - see below.
If a neighbour dissents to a notice a 'Party Wall Award' is necessary - the fees will depend on the type of works proposed (see below).
Our fixed fees cover common domestic works. If your proposed works are unusual or if different considerations apply please call us or send us a set of your drawings and we will get back to you with an assessment of what is necessary and a fee proposal.
If you serve notice and your neighbour appoints a surveyor you will also have to pay that surveyor's reasonable fee. In that situation it can sometimes be a good idea to 'adopt' the neighbours surveyor who would become the ' Agreed Surveyor'. In that case you must obtain a fixed fee and satisfy yourself that you can rely on the surveyor in question as once appointed a surveyor cannot be discharged and it is difficult to challenge an Agreed Surveyor's decisions.
Our stated fees assume that access to all parts of a property for the Schedule of Condition can be made during a single visit.
*If additional visits are necessary a fee of £150 plus VAT would apply.
£1,695 plus VAT*
This covers most basements in terraced or semi-detached properties that involve underpinning a neighbour's wall. Our fees are higher due to complexity (see our web page on basements) and our additional necessary input. This fee covers just basement works - If other work is also involved see below.
£1,895 plus VAT*
The additional fee reflects the additional surveyors input necessary when dealing with a project including a basement and other above ground works and reflects economies arising from duplication. Other considerations as listed for above ground extensions apply.
£495 plus VAT*
We provide two digitally signed, bound and indexed PDF copies of the Schedule of Condition (or paper editions if requested).
Additional fees would only arise if we are appointed to deal with a subsequent dispute, for example, if damage is caused and you and your neighbour cannot agree on the necessary making good or on the level of any financial ‘compensation’ then a Party Wall Surveyor would resolve the dispute by an Award.
If no issues arise or if any that arise are resolved amicably then we would have no further input.
*Second or subsequent Schedules of Condition for owners of the same building are charged at £75 plus VAT assuming all parts are accessed in a single visit. (We can 'bolt-on' a Final Inspection for £250 plus VAT if required)
Watson Woods Partnership