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Party Wall Ambulance Chaser

Beware the party wall ambulance chaser!

By Heather · 20 Apr '21  · 

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Unless you’ve encountered them yourself, it’s unlikely you’ll know anything about these dodgy practitioners. However, party wall ambulance chasers (as they’re called) could potentially cost you and your neighbour thousands. Not to mention, they could also delay your potential project by 3 or more months.

Want to protect your home? Here’s what you’ll need to know…

What is a party wall ambulance chaser?

Much like traditional ambulance chasers, who are lawyers who follow car crash victims to encourage them to sue, these professionals are experts in exploitation.

Certain surveying companies will monitor who in their area has gained planning permission, or even just applied, and then go to the adjoining properties to scaremonger them into signing up for a potentially pricey party wall surveyor.

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The reason this is frowned upon is that it often provokes unnecessary party wall disputes.

In normal situations, a homeowner would first serve notice to any affected neighbours, prior to construction. If the neighbour gives written consent within 14 days, then there’s no need for the lengthy legal process of putting together a party wall agreement - there are also fewer fees for a party wall surveyor. This is why some bad surveying companies might try to scare your neighbours with complex jargon and horror stories into going straight into the dispute because it’ll make them a lot of money.

How can I avoid a party wall ambulance chaser?

If you’re planning on taking on a home project (extension / conversion) and you want to make sure one of these potentially bad businesses doesn’t get involved, the best thing you can do is talk to your neighbour from the start.

Let them know what you’re planning on doing to your property and make sure you assure them you’ll work closely with them to avoid any disruption. Maybe even take over a bottle of wine - it can’t hurt!

How Resi can help…

The best way to avoid leaving any gaps for surveyors to pounce on is to get a streamlined process in place.

At Resi, we cover everything to get you ready to build. From measured surveys, design, planning, to building regulations - the stage when notices are served. By having one team manage these essentials, we can move quickly to stop any dodgy professionals whispering into your neighbour’s ear.

Then comes our Connect service. This complimentary service introduces customers to companies our team has personally vetted, meaning you never get caught out be a rogue trader. We'll provide a range of options, so you can understand the true market price for services in your area and guide you through selecting the best quote for your home. With our experts by your side, you're protected from even the most persistant ambulance chasers.

Want to know more? We also run a free consultation service, giving you expert advice, no matter what stage your project is at. Talk to our team by booking your call today!

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