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    • Arabanna
    • By Arabanna 12th Mar 18, 3:01 PM
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    Bought house- drive faulty - do I have any rights?
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    • 12th Mar 18, 3:01 PM
    Bought house- drive faulty - do I have any rights? 12th Mar 18 at 3:01 PM
    In September I purchased a house.
    The previous owner did the driveway 4 years ago.
    The driveway blocks have now started to spread and some blocks are lifting. A local builder has told me that it is because there was not enough hard core put down to begin with and that it will all need lifting and re-laying at a cost of maybe 10,000!
    The previous owner says that he had no guarantee.
    The company website says that they guarantee their drives for 5 years.

    Do I have any rights to get the company to re-lay the drive as I am not the one who purchased the drive from them in the first place and I have no paper evidence?

    I have asked the previous owner to search for the bank statement to identify the exact date and evidence of payment to the company. I have not approached the company yet.
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    • walwyn1978
    • By walwyn1978 12th Mar 18, 3:05 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 3:05 PM
    My guess is that between him not having a guarantee, and the passage of time, and the fact that you're not the person the company did the work for, you may be unsuccessful. Sorry. Worth checking on the company website in the small print whether the guarantee is transferable....
    • eddddy
    • By eddddy 12th Mar 18, 3:07 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 3:07 PM
    It sounds like you have no contract with the drive laying company - so you have no basis for making any claim against them.

    The person you bought the house from would have had a contract with the drive laying company - so they might be able to make a claim. But I'd be very surprised if they went to that trouble, as there is nothing in it for them.
    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 12th Mar 18, 3:22 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 3:22 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 3:22 PM
    Even if the previous owner did have a guarantee, that's not necessarily transferable to you. The time to check for any guarantees (or the condition of the driveway) was when you bought.
    Last edited by davidmcn; 12-03-2018 at 5:05 PM.
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 12th Mar 18, 3:42 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 3:42 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 3:42 PM
    In September I purchased a house.
    The previous owner did the driveway 4 years ago.
    ...
    The previous owner says that he had no guarantee.
    Originally posted by Arabanna
    There's your answer, right there.
    You have no direct contract.
    The previous owner had no warranty, transferable or not.

    The company website says that they guarantee their drives for 5 years.
    But that may not have applied four years ago. The previous owner may have negotiated a lower price in return for no warranty.

    Do I have any rights to get the company to re-lay the drive as I am not the one who purchased the drive from them in the first place and I have no paper evidence?
    ...and have been told there is no warranty.

    I think you know the answer, don't you? It's not "yes".

    All you can do is approach them and ask very nicely. But any positive result is a bonus. Even just a discount on their labour.
    • Cheeky_Monkey
    • By Cheeky_Monkey 12th Mar 18, 4:21 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 4:21 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 4:21 PM
    10,000

    That must be an extremely large driveway considering you already have all the blocks.
    I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure
    • maisie cat
    • By maisie cat 12th Mar 18, 4:31 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 4:31 PM
    I have never seen a block driveway that has not dropped in places and separated after a few years. I'm sure it is possible to pull out sections and lay them again but 10k is a joke or as cheeky says, a very large drive
    • Richard Webster
    • By Richard Webster 12th Mar 18, 5:41 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 5:41 PM
    What did your surveyor say about the state of the drive?
    RICHARD WEBSTER

    As a retired conveyancing solicitor I believe the information given in the post to be useful assuming any properties concerned are in England/Wales but I accept no liability for it.
    • googler
    • By googler 12th Mar 18, 6:59 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 6:59 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 6:59 PM
    I have never seen a block driveway that has not dropped in places and separated after a few years. I'm sure it is possible to pull out sections and lay them again but 10k is a joke or as cheeky says, a very large drive
    Originally posted by maisie cat
    Well, I/we moved in to a house with a double block driveway in 2001, and we've had no significant movement in ours, so some installers can get them right.....
    • seashore22
    • By seashore22 12th Mar 18, 7:27 PM
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    Well, I/we moved in to a house with a double block driveway in 2001, and we've had no significant movement in ours, so some installers can get them right.....
    Originally posted by googler
    I can say the same. The previous owner had the driveway done (no idea when that was) and we've been here 10 years. It is still perfectly solid with no movement.
    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 12th Mar 18, 7:35 PM
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    10,000.....

    Do you live at Heathrow airport?

    • yoshiyella
    • By yoshiyella 12th Mar 18, 8:22 PM
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    10,000.....

    Do you live at Heathrow airport?

    Originally posted by parking_question_chap
    I was going to say!

    I was quoted 900 for my drive and I baulked at that!
    • societys child
    • By societys child 12th Mar 18, 8:22 PM
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    10,000? Re-bed the sunken blocks.

    Cost? A bit of hardcore or sand.

    Your rights are that it's now your drive and you can do what you want with it.
    Last edited by societys child; 12-03-2018 at 8:24 PM.

    • 00ec25
    • By 00ec25 12th Mar 18, 9:45 PM
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    Do I have any rights to get the company to re-lay the drive as I am not the one who purchased the drive from them in the first place and I have no paper evidence?
    Originally posted by Arabanna
    you have answered your own question

    spreading is not a lack of sub base depth, it is a failure of the edges to stop stuff moving sideways

    i laid my own driveway 19 years ago and put in "proper" kerb edging. The only issue now is 4 slight depressions caused by the wheels of the 6 ton vehicle habitually parked in that same spot day after day.
    • Arabanna
    • By Arabanna 13th Mar 18, 6:25 PM
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    I think the builder was trying to scare me! That's a relief!
    • BLOW FLY
    • By BLOW FLY 13th Mar 18, 7:21 PM
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    I think the builder was trying to scare me! That's a relief!
    Originally posted by Arabanna
    I think the builder was trying to lift your leg, was he wearing a mask and a cape too as he gave you the 10k quote?

    BF
    • Arabanna
    • By Arabanna 13th Mar 18, 7:32 PM
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    Phew!
    I think the builder was trying to scare me! Thanks for your reassurance. It's not that big!!!
    • Arabanna
    • By Arabanna 13th Mar 18, 7:34 PM
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    Survey
    All the survey says is:
    "There were vehicles parked on the drive, which restricted my examination."

    • Lorian
    • By Lorian 13th Mar 18, 7:36 PM
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    Post a photo of the worst bit.
    • Arabanna
    • By Arabanna 13th Mar 18, 7:37 PM
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    No! It's not that big!!!
    Not Heathrow! More like Chipping Sodbury!
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