If the building owner and adjoining neighbour share an ‘Agreed’ surveyor…
which is an appointment often favoured by a building owner as it is quicker and more cost-efficient.
It also means that no ‘third surveyor’ would be required if a dispute arises because both owners have appointed their own Party Wall surveyor who will determine all disputes, and make fair and reasonable decisions.
Under section 10 of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, where a dispute arises, both building owner and adjoining neighbour shall appoint their own surveyor or ‘agree’ to the appointment of one surveyor, known as the ‘Agreed’ surveyor.
The appointment of an Agreed Surveyor can only be withdrawn or cancelled if they become incapable of carrying out their duties, which they will confirm in writing. This also means that a surveyor cannot be dismissed or annulled if either building owner or adjoining neighbour disagrees with a decision.
South London Party Wall Surveyors can act as the ‘Agreed’ Surveyor if both owners accept the appointment.