Justin has been a Chartered Surveyor since 2002. 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.
The Party Wall Act leaves it up to the surveyors to agree which of the owners should pay their fees (which must be reasonable) - in all normal circumstances that will be the owner benefitting from the works but what happens if those works do not proceed?With the uncertainty that has plagued the economy over the last couple ... Read More >>
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 >>