Overhanging Eaves and Gutter

Hello, We bought our house a year and a half ago but only realised our Neighbour has built over our side of the boundary. Its just an Eave and Gutter and we don't mind but we are thinking of extending in the future and the guttering might hinder our choices. The extension they built recently (last 4 years) was built with the pervious owners permission and we are wondering if we have to accept this or if we had any rights to have this altered when we want to extend?


  • thearchitect
    thearchitect Forumite Posts: 304
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    edited 3 July at 6:42PM
    Is there any evidence of legally binding agreement with the previous owner of your property?

    My neighbour has done the same at the foot of our garden with a satellite dish attached to his garage.  I'm contempating whether I want to fall out with him or not.

    Health Warning: I am happy to occasionally comment on building matters on the forum. However it is simply not possible to give comprehensive professional technical advice on an internet forum. Any comments made are therefore only of a general nature to point you in what is hopefully the right direction.
  • TELLIT01
    TELLIT01 Forumite Posts: 15,747
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    A satellite dish can be easily removed if required.  It would be rather more difficult to do that with the eaves and guttering.
  • ThisIsWeird
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    KF70, where is their extension wall sitting in relation to your boundary?

    Are you houses det, semi, or terraced?

    If their eaves is overhanging, then it sounds as tho' their wall will either be sitting right on the boundary line, or possibly even straddling it by a few inches - can you tell?

    It may be that part of this agreement with your previous owner was based on this wall being a 'party' wall, in which case the expectation should be that any extension you build will be attached to it, and that will save you the cost of a whole wall and length of founds, and also mean there won't be a hard-to-maintain gap left between you.

    Yes, the existing guttering will need modifying to presumably a 'gulley' type, but that's all done by agreement and under the PWA.

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