Shelter’s Income and expenditure figures highlighted13:57 PM, 4th February 2019
About 2 weeks ago 35
During a redevelopment about 20 years ago these terraced properties had an ‘outrigger’ extension added to the rear.
Ownership of the outrigger itself is divided; the upper floor forms a dressing room in my ‘let’ property (I own the ‘flying freehold’). The ground floor forms a bathroom for the neighbouring property.
Subsidence is causing the outrigger to rotate away from the original building, causing substantial cracks where the original building and outrigger meet.
I have made a claim for subsidence (£1000 excess)
My Insurer’s surveyor confirms the above and that the subsidence needs to be arrested. A survey by a specialist company would be the next step. However, he thinks that the liability for this may lie with the neighbouring property’s landlord as they own the ground floor, which is sinking.
Cosmetic damage to my half can be corrected fairly cheaply, and making an insurance claim may not be economic.
He advises checking the deeds to see if liability is clarified therein. I just want the subsidence to be stopped.
I don’t think that I can access the deeds, if they exist. West Brom is the lender and we all know what they’re like, I don’t want to prompt any vindictive action from them.
The neighbouring Landlord initially met with me to inspect the buildings and seemed positive that the matter needed to be resolved quickly (she owns a property management company).
She said that she would also make an insurance claim to get the matter resolved.
However, she now refuses to communicate, ignoring my phone calls and emails.
Clearly the damage to the buildings will only get worse if no remedial action is taken.
I have an insurance claim which is effectively stalled.
The subsidence continues.
Where do I go from here?
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