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    • Silverhead
    • By Silverhead 11th May 18, 10:34 AM
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    Access for roofer denied by neighbour.
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    • 11th May 18, 10:34 AM
    Access for roofer denied by neighbour. 11th May 18 at 10:34 AM
    My house is one of three in a courtyard converted from stables in 1970 but has the original slate roof built in 1860. The houses are adjoining. There is NO back doors or windows just brick from the roof to the ground. The only access to the back of the roof is through a neighbours garden in the street behind.

    My next door neighbour called a roofer and then approacher the neighbour behind re.access. He agreed it on condition that he was in when the repairs were being done. She went to his house six times to agree a date but he was never in. Eventually she put a note through giving a date 3 days on, but received no reply. The roofer arrived on that date. No one in so he went in and did her repair. When rear neighbour saw that he came to her shouting and bawling and complaining of trespass. ! Understandable. She apologised profusely but he did not calm down.

    About 10 roof tiles need replacing so the roofer phoned rear neighbour and left a message also apologised but asking to agree an access date for my roof.
    He went to that bungalow three times, no reply, then left a note and his phone no which resulted in him receiving a furious phone call from the man, saying no access to him or any other roofer. We all have private houses, not council. Roofer says it is too dangerous for access any other way. Also if he gives a date it will always be subject to the weather, wind and rain.

    I am 74 years old, live alone and have walking difficulties. I have lived here for 28 years and have never needed to ask for access. I would try to contact him but am nervous of having the aggressive response he gives. Any advise please ? I cannot get to a citizens advise place as I cannot drive due to an injury and have no relatives in this area and my friends are over 80 years and can't help.. PLEAS HELP SOMEONE.
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    • rach_k
    • By rach_k 11th May 18, 11:38 AM
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    Can't the roofer go over from the front? That's what ours did when he needed to get to the back of ours (we're in a mid-terrace and he couldn't get his ladders through our doors). Is the roof that unstable that he can't manage? Perhaps ask a different roofer for their opinion. I don't think it's that unusual a situation so they must have ways without going through the neighbour's.
    • Tom99
    • By Tom99 11th May 18, 12:09 PM
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    • pinklady21
    • By pinklady21 11th May 18, 3:33 PM
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    • 11th May 18, 3:33 PM
    Check the title deeds. Is there a right of reasonable access over neighbouring properties to maintain the property or something similar? This is a fairly usual type of clause. Check that first, and then wave it under the silly neighbour's nose if he moans again.
    Is there any possibility that one day he might need to ask for a similar access for something he wants to do?
    Best of luck.
    • missile
    • By missile 11th May 18, 4:05 PM
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    It may be the safest easiest via neighbours garden, but there is always an alternative. Ask another roofer.
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    • LUHG1878
    • By LUHG1878 11th May 18, 6:01 PM
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    Your neighbour is legally obliged to give you access to maintain your property. I would post a copy of the Access Act through his letter box, and then go round to speak to him again in a few days.
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