Party wall legislation and procedure
This guidance note provides guidance for RICS members who accept instructions for which the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 (the Act) may be relevant. It also describes the circumstances in which the Act will apply, as well as the procedures to be followed where it does.
The new 7th edition, which is effective from 1 December 2019, contains an in-depth and important section on professional conduct. While a party wall surveyor is minimally required to act only in accordance with their statutory obligations, an RICS member is expected to meet RICS expectations of professional and ethical behaviour commensurate with their membership, alongside their duty to conform to the Act.
The appendices of this guidance note contain various draft letters and draft notices and a revised and updated suggested draft award.