Party Wall Award
is a legally binding, arbitrated & documented decision between two parties under the Act, namely the Building Owner (the person/s carrying out the work) and the Adjoining Owner (the neighbour/s of the person/s carrying out the work). The Award is typically created by the Building Owner’s surveyor and then reviewed by the Adjoining Owner’s surveyor, or an Agreed surveyor.
The Award results from the adjoining owner’s disagreement (dissent) to the served Notice. Although disagreement is not always in the traditional sense, as it doesn’t stop the works taking place, rather it provides a safe means for those works to take place.
The Award will contain conditions upon which agreement has been reached while providing the Adjoining Owner with recourse should the Building Owner’s works damage the property.
Typically, a Schedule of Condition will accompany the Award. The Schedule of Condition is exactly that – it is a record of the condition of the Adjoining Owner’s property. Should damage have been perceived to be inflicted to the Adjoining Owner or neighbour’s property, the Schedule of Condition will verify such a claim.
Award Appeal Period
An Adjoining Owner has 14 days from the date the Award was served to appeal it’s decision. The Building Owner is at financial risk if they proceed with the works during this 14 day period.