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    • Ader1
    • By Ader1 25th Nov 18, 7:45 AM
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    Scaffolding next door causing damage
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    • 25th Nov 18, 7:45 AM
    Scaffolding next door causing damage 25th Nov 18 at 7:45 AM
    Hi,


    My property is a mid-terraced property. It appears that the property next door is having their chimney I would say repaired. Anyway, the guys who have erected the scaffolding have used my front door and upstairs window as kind of anchors for the scaffolding. I was a little unhappy as I wasn't asked for my permission but I was just going to let it go. However, their scaffolding is causing a little damage to the paint-work around my window and door. And who knows if any damage is being done to my roof which is also being used as a kind of 'anchor' for the scaffolding. I have only had a new roof installed some 4 years ago. How should I deal with this situation in a legal manner? I don't see why I should have to rectify damage to my property carried out by someone else. The property next door is a bed-sit and I don't know who the land-lord is. But I think that this is probably down to the scaffolders. A pic to follow.
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    • Ader1
    • By Ader1 25th Nov 18, 6:11 PM
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    I spoke to a neighbour today and he says the building company doing the work on this chimney is also the same company that erected the scaffolding. The owner of the company isn't a principled kind of fellow I was told. The chimney to my property is on the other side of the house. I had it repaired 3 years ago along with re-tiling my roof. Thank you for all of your replies so far. Who is ultimately to blame? The absent neighbour or the scaffolder/builder?
    • missile
    • By missile 25th Nov 18, 6:21 PM
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    Your claim is against your neighbour, who in turn claims off his contractor(s). Do you have legal cover included with your house insurance?
    "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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    • Ader1
    • By Ader1 16th Apr 19, 8:20 PM
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    The scaffolding is still up. I've now been onto the local council who have been in touch with the scaffolder who keeps telling them he is about to complete the work but doesn't do anything. I've asked them to now give him a new permit when it's up for renewal. The lady I spoke to said that they can't do that. I'm not sure what to do now. The scaffolding as been up for almost 6 months and nothing is being done.
    • paddy's mum
    • By paddy's mum 17th Apr 19, 7:55 AM
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    Six MONTHS - for a simple chimney repair! They are having a laugh

    In your shoes, I would be having that scaffolding taken down today, pile it in the garden of the house they are (supposedly) working on and start a small claims action against the company for the costs of removal and repairing the damage to your property.

    Your neighbour is spot on - this is not a "principled" man. I invite you to post up a picture of his business sign or alternatively, get on to your local newspaper who frequently relish this kind of local colour/titbit. Name and shame, in other words.

    SIX MONTHS! I can't get my head around the contempt for you implicit in that number!
    • Mistral001
    • By Mistral001 17th Apr 19, 8:25 AM
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    They were wrong not to ask your permission, but you have to bear in mind you are probably going to get a benefit from the work done by fixing the chimney as the chimney is on the party wall, especially if they have repointed the whole chimney and not just the chimney on your neighbours side of the chimney.
    • Ader1
    • By Ader1 17th Apr 19, 4:57 PM
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    They were wrong not to ask your permission, but you have to bear in mind you are probably going to get a benefit from the work done by fixing the chimney as the chimney is on the party wall, especially if they have repointed the whole chimney and not just the chimney on your neighbours side of the chimney.
    Originally posted by Mistral001

    I had to have my chimney done around 4 years ago which is on the other end of the house. It too around 2 days to complete and the scaffolding didn't encroach on anybody else's property. I paid for it and in fact, it was leaking into the neighbour's property which is a caf!. I don't remember the details but the repair bill fell on me as the chimney 'serviced' mostly dormant fireplaces in my property. I spoke to the council again today and the person I spoke to said he was going to phone the scaffolder and request a date for when the work would be completed. He was going to call me back....which he didn't.
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