Justin is a Chartered Surveyor and has been the owner of Peter Barry Surveyors since 2000. He started his working life as an apprentice carpenter and went on to own and manage a successful building company in his twenties before returning to university to complete a degree in Building Surveying. He lives in North Essex with his wife Caroline and 2 children and writes about surveying issues for the Peter Barry blog . When not in the office Justin spends his time battling with the kids over the remote control and trying to play his guitar like Nic Jones.
It used to be common for party wall awards to include an obligation for the building owner to ‘maintain or cause contractor(s) to maintain adequate insurance against such risks and provide evidence of this upon demand by the adjoining owner’s surveyor contractor’ and this was generally interpreted as the relatively ... Read More >>
I often tell adjoining owners that have suffered damage as a result of party wall work not to, under any circumstances, enter into discussions directly with their neighbours’ builder. By giving such advice, I’m not trying to make life difficult for building owners but rather making the point that under the Act it is the ... Read More >>
It’s the phrase that party wall surveyors rely on to reassure adjoining owners that they will not incur costs as a result of their neighbours’ works i.e. “In all normal circumstances, the fees of all/any appointed surveyors will be paid by the building owner”. The inquisitive adjoining owner will ask for ... Read More >>