It is not essential to have a schedule of condition of your neighbour’s property although it can be very useful.

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The schedule of condition provides a detailed and accurate report of the condition of the adjoining neighbour’s property before work starts. This report serves to protect both parties in the event of a later dispute.

If allegations of damage are made then the schedule of condition makes it easy for the owners to decide between themselves whether the damage came about after the works or existed before the work started.

Even if the owners cannot agree, the schedule of condition is very helpful to any surveyor appointed to investigate the allegation of damage and can help to establish liability.