Block of flats next door causing flooding and subsidence?Make Text Bigger
We have owned this particular 4 bedroom Buy to Let property for 30 years. Next to our property is a block of flats which is on a higher ground and then there is a wall between the flats and our property.
The property suffers from historical subsidence. Tenants have complained of flooding previously (going back years) and recently, because the floor was so weak we had to replace the whole flooring downstairs at a considerable cost. We never knew why the foundations were so weak and why flooding occurred.
Only last week our workman spotted holes in the walls where pipes had been inserted. Basically all the ground water from the flats when it rains was going into our garden. The rain was heavy last week and we were sent pictures of the amount of water going into our garden from these pipes and was a constant strong flow.
I am amazed we did not notice earlier and secondly out anyone could even contemplate inserting pipes in the walls. We have no idea when the pipes were inserted and the walls belongs to the flats which is run by a management company.
Would be grateful for any inputs and advice how we can resolve this and perhaps get compensation though I am not sure if we have a good case of arguing that the replacement of the ground floor was solely due to the water that weakened the foundation. There could be other factors since the property had also suffered from Japanese knotweed.
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