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    • oldtractor
    • By oldtractor 16th Apr 17, 11:22 AM
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    Next door blocking gutter
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    • 16th Apr 17, 11:22 AM
    Next door blocking gutter 16th Apr 17 at 11:22 AM
    So we live next door to a guy who, ever since we moved into this house has tried to "rule the roost". Our place was used as a holiday cottage and then empty for a while before we bought it. he used to look after it which included letting his relatives stay for free we later found out. Anyway once we moved in he treid telling us what we could and couldnt do even what we could and couldnt plant in the garden. All this was politely ignored. We've got along by mutual ignoring except for good morning and isnt the weather nice sort of thing.
    More recently ie this last 2 years we've managed to aquire exptra land and this seems to have irked him and hes started to do silly thigs. he had a garden wall built at thr front of his property which he had extended onto our land. we had him take this down and keep it on his own land. now we descover that hes blocked the gutter. the gutter along the front of our house goes along the front of his where there is a downspout which goes into a grid next to his front door thenit goes further along and to a downspout at the end of the row ( its a terraced row of 3 cottages) he lives in the middle. so on the dividing line between us and him hes had his freinds the builders place an end stop and fix it in place with mastic to stop any water from our gutter getting away and down the down spout. Ironically its his garden its been dripping and running into not ours all winter. We've only just discovered this when we went up a ladder to fix a climbing plant to the front of our property and saw the thing. our gutter, meanwhile is perminemtly filled with water.
    Is he allowed to do this? and can we remove the blockage?
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    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 19th Apr 17, 6:47 PM
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    I'd just remove the blockage and put it in his bin.
    Originally posted by jbainbridge
    So would I.

    "Hey Mr Neighbour, I found this blockage whilst inspecting the gutters, I'm not sure how it got there but I've removed it to stop it overflowing as I wouldn't a leak to cause damage to either of our properties."
    • poppellerant
    • By poppellerant 19th Apr 17, 7:17 PM
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    I would note down any areas of damp you have, if any. If you had no areas of damp but do now, has it been caused by the blocked guttering? If you do have damp and it's suddenly become worse, has this also been caused by the blocked guttering.

    Your neighbour might not know it yet, but if you start getting damp as a result of his actions then he could be putting his hands deep down into his pockets for you.
    • oldtractor
    • By oldtractor 20th Apr 17, 7:42 AM
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    No they don't! Neighbour has made alterations to their gutter which impedes a long-standing drainage arrangement. It's up to BC (or possibly the private housing officer) to issue enforcement notices, and I have had such a notice myself! BC should be going about this right now, and shouldn't need a further formal complaint.
    Originally posted by Kernel Sanders
    Thank you
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    • oldtractor
    • By oldtractor 20th Apr 17, 7:43 AM
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    I would note down any areas of damp you have, if any. If you had no areas of damp but do now, has it been caused by the blocked guttering? If you do have damp and it's suddenly become worse, has this also been caused by the blocked guttering.

    Your neighbour might not know it yet, but if you start getting damp as a result of his actions then he could be putting his hands deep down into his pockets for you.
    Originally posted by poppellerant
    yep just as I thought. Thank you
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 20th Apr 17, 8:07 AM
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    Building control ought to be involved if anyone makes changes to existing drainage arrangements. There will possibly be an inspection fee.

    In the circumstances, I'd tell the neighbour of your intention to invite BC to visit to inspect the new arrangement recently created, that a fee might be payable by the person making the alterations and that an enforcement notice could follow if the BCO doesn't approve of the new 'system.'
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • oldtractor
    • By oldtractor 20th Apr 17, 9:00 AM
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    Building control ought to be involved if anyone makes changes to existing drainage arrangements. There will possibly be an inspection fee.

    In the circumstances, I'd tell the neighbour of your intention to invite BC to visit to inspect the new arrangement recently created, that a fee might be payable by the person making the alterations and that an enforcement notice could follow if the BCO doesn't approve of the new 'system.'
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    Thanks. Love your signature BTW
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 20th Apr 17, 9:38 AM
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    Thanks. Love your signature BTW
    Originally posted by oldtractor
    Straight out of the script from the last Panto I was in. Unfortunately, it wasn't my line.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
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