Neighbouring Property Drainage Issue – should I just sort it?Make Text Bigger
My Girlfriend owns a house that we both live in. It’s basically the first house in a row of terraces the side of which adjoins to the back of another row of terraces which are a floor higher.
We’ve had trouble with water dripping from seemingly random places in our house, except for the fact that it’s all been on the side where we are joined to the other row of terraces.
We’ve had the felt changed over the effected side of our roof and had about 70 new tiles but there’s still a drip coming through. I’ve taken the ceiling off in 2 rooms pretty much and by a process of elimination it’s fairly obvious that the problem is a stream of water that drops from next doors guttering when it rains heavily.
I’m fairly confident that this could be solved by putting some guttering down that part of our house but to do so we would have to drill into next doors wall plus the guttering would have to go past the bottom of a window of theirs. This wouldn’t be much of problem but no one currently lives there so we can’t ask.
I’ve done a land registry check and the name it’s given me is at that address and as I’ve said no one lives there.
The roofer doesn’t want to install anything because it’s someone else’s property but I’m basically at the point of just saying get up there and I’ll sign something saying that I take full legal responsibility for what he does.
We’ve already spent about £2500 fixing damage caused by water coming from their house so surely they wouldn’t be able make any kind of complaint if we drilled a couple of small holes into their wall to put up some drainage would they?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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