I am looking to buy an old property which needs a fair bit of work to put it into good order. As part of the survey some damp was found in a party wall with the next door property which will need to be sorted. I am unafraid of damp, having lived in basements for years, but after an experience with an unhelpful neighbour I am less happy about party wall procedures as they are the perfect opportunity for surveyors to go off on a frolic. Does anyone have a sense for the costs involved in the procedure if the other party to the party wall is very unhelpful? I can live with the cost of doing up the damp, but I would most probably seek a retention (or better still a price reduction) to cover the cost of the party wall award if next door proved unhelpful. Many thanks for any contribution!