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    • Jeden
    • By Jeden 4th Aug 18, 6:41 PM
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    Detached new build exterior wall issue?
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    • 4th Aug 18, 6:41 PM
    Detached new build exterior wall issue? 4th Aug 18 at 6:41 PM
    We are due to complete on our first home on the 17th, so we decided to pop down and have a look. At the moment nobody lives in any of our neighbouring houses so we decided to check out the fencing as it seemed to encroach a bit onto our land.

    It appears as though on one side of our house we donít have any access to the exterior wall of our ďdetachedĒ home, which seems a bit strange to me. I would worry they could do whatever they wanted to the walls of our house and we couldnít see it or raise an issue with it. We also couldnít access the wall if we needed to fit a sky dish or run cables etc. (Picture linked)

    Although not a major concern to us we just wanted to ask what are peopleís opinions? Does this look right? Iíd have though the fence they have added to partition both houses at the front, would have been set back to the rear of both houses so we could then access all areas of our exterior wall should we wish.

    As I mentioned I am standing in the neighbours garden here. I hope it makes sense.
    Last edited by Jeden; 04-08-2018 at 6:46 PM.
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    • Jeden
    • By Jeden 5th Aug 18, 3:06 PM
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    Thanks for all the replies.

    The eaves do hang onto next doors boundary from the look of it, however on reflection I really donít think not having access to such a small section of our wall is any real concern and certainly wonít cause any problems with resale etc.

    I will request the developers move the small bridging fence back to the rear of the houses as the neighbours house isnít sold yet. If they refuse iíll ask if it can be a gated door so we can access it should we need.

    I do really appreciate all of the replies.
    • Grezz24
    • By Grezz24 6th Aug 18, 9:09 AM
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    out of interest whos the developer / where are you based?

    we are buying a new build detached and i have a feeling that ill get the same situation you are in.

    although the plans show there the fence is build between both homes, however i dont know how practical that is for a tiny strip of land / what use would you get.

    i also wondered how they flog them as detached if you cannot access one of the walls.
    • martindow
    • By martindow 6th Aug 18, 10:18 AM
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    There is a legal right to be able to access a neighbour's land to do repairs to your house. It's not ideal as it has the potential to cause problems if neighbours choose to be difficult.

    This house stretches the definition of a detached house to the limit. Most people would expect to be able to walk round a detached house. It is not attached to another building but it is attached to a neigbour's land, but that's new builds for you!
    • JuzaMum
    • By JuzaMum 6th Aug 18, 11:24 AM
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    My house was built in 1905 and is surrounded by similar houses. They are detached but you cannot walk round your own house. I had never thought of it as a problem before.
    • Grezz24
    • By Grezz24 6th Aug 18, 12:27 PM
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    not a problem to start with, but if the neighbors decide to fit goalposts to the wall im sure it would quickly become an issue.
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