Surely I am not the only landlord worried about new EPC requirements?9:44 AM, 17th February 2021
About 2 weeks ago 128
I have a mid terraced property the rear of which has a garden. The two sides of the garden are brick walls and the rear is a wooden lattice fence.
The wooden fence requires replacing as it is coming loose from its concrete pillars. I have obtained costs for fully replacing the fence and supports and wish the builder to proceed. However, as the fence is built in sections, approximately a quarter of the section crosses the boundary wall into the adjacent property.
I have no problem in paying for the whole cost, but obviously don’t want to start or get myself into a dispute with the neighbour.
Little history: My previous tenant was good friends with this neighbour, but after 11 months of non-payment of rent and damage to the property I ended up going through a lengthy court case to have them evicted. That was back in 2014, and the new tenants tell me they don’t have a relationship with their neighbour. So I don’t want to give the neighbour any opportunity to air any grievance she may be holding, as I’m sure she is still in contact with the previous tenant.
My approach is to write to the neighbour explaining my intention to replace the fence, and that there would be no cost to her or her landlord. If she has any objections or concern’s, then to get back to me by a certain date.
If I don’t hear from her or her landlord, again by a certain date, then I will take their silence as approval to proceed.
Is this the best approach or is there something else I should do or take into consideration?
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