Question We have recently purchased a house and are planning a small extension. The neighbour has an extractor fan venting from his extension into our yard which we don't think is allowable? We are not sure if his extension is actually on/over our boundary. Would you be able to look into this for us please and to then communicate with ... Read more >>

Question We're planning a basement extension and will need to notify the owners of the property next door. It is split in to 3 flats but the freehold is jointly owned by the 3 leaseholders. Do we notify the freehold company, the 3 leaseholders or both? Answer The starting point is the definition of an owner and that is confirmed in ... Read more >>

Categories: Adjoining Owners, Notices

Question I am in dispute at the moment with my Surveyor and the building owners Surveyor over final inspection costs.  The building owners Surveyor referenced a Counsels opinion and stated there was no requirement for a final inspection allowance to check the works as the works were deep excavation including a demolition of ... Read more >>

Question My neighbour's back garden is approx. 5ft higher than mine and there is a wall at the boundary. Part of the wall is leaning towards my garden and there are several large cracks. I've spoken to my neighbour about repairing it but they don't want to know. Answer The first step is to review the property’s deeds in case they ... Read more >>

Question Our neighbour started a building project, a loft conversion and rear extension, but work stopped six months ago and the site has been idle since. The scaffolding remains up and does protrudes over the boundary into our property. When we renovated our house we installed a satellite dish for television. We have not been able to use it ... Read more >>

Question Me and my partner live in and own a flat as a leaseholder. I am on the top floor of a 2 floor building with 2 floors. The freehold was put up for sale in November with approved planning permission to add 2 flats above us in the roof space. This will involve changing and making the roof larger to accommodate. I have never been consulted ... Read more >>

Categories: Notices, Rights of Owners

Question What I wanted to ask you was is my neighbour allowed to start work? If she is I’m absolutely unhappy with that as I am home self isolating all the time and it would be horrendous living next door to all that noise. Note - this question was submitted during the Coronavirus crisis. Answer As it stands, the Government guidance ... Read more >>

Categories: Rights of Owners

QuestionMy neighbour will be starting work on a side return extension shortly and I am concerned about the water drainage and the build over of any pipe work. I understand that this is a separate agreement and part of the building control works. Is there anyway we can request/caveat that we want to see approved documentation for these ... Read more >>

Question The fence between mine and my neighbour's garden is in very poor condition with parts of it having broken away completely. Now my neighbour is planning to build a rear extension and has sent me a notice. If I appoint a surveyor will they mark out the boundary so that there's no confusion? Answer I need to make a distinction between ... Read more >>

Question We have produced some basic layouts for the client and they have found a builder themselves to do the works. The property is a flat in the semi- detached house. The flat is at the ground floor with the neighbours living at the first and second floors.  The contractor has raised an opening to an internal wall slightly ... Read more >>