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    Freeholder Requests moving of soil pipe

    The toilet and bath soil pipe exits through the floor into the Freeholders basement, he his currently 'renovating' the basement.
    As the pipe sits below the floor joists then runs at a gradient to the sewer it will be exposed when he plasterboards the ceiling.
    He has asked me to move it in the space between the joists and reroute it around other joists and then to the sewer.

    The main point being my girlfriend has owned the flat for 10 years and this is how the soil pipes were when she bought it. Infact the positions must have been the same when the house was converted into flats in 1985.
    The freeholder has has only owned the freehold for 5 years and 'he was told' by the previous freeholder the soil pipes were temporary and would be moved.

    I see no reason why the pipes should be moved, or that i should have to move them at my cost.

    First, how is he 'renovating' the basement ?
    Does not the basement belong to all, as common storage areas ?
    Does freeholder live at the property ?
    If it's a basement, is it in the lease as a basement living area or communal area.

    If its communal, why is he refurbishing it , if communal then not your problem,
    as the flats were converted with the soil pipes that way.

    If it is living area, and a lease exists for basement living area, I would still say to
    freeholder, -- not your problem, it was all legal when the building was converted.
    So if freeholder wants to pretty it up, just so it looks nice for every one if communal
    - again, say not your problem.

    But tell us more about who has rights to use the basement.



      the basement is below our flat but it joins to the shop that the freeholder owns, im sure the basement is part of the shop, it is not a communual area.
      The basement is derelict and has been for a very long time. Im not entirely sure what his renvation plans are exactly, but he has dug out over a foot of the floor to give more head room.
      The ceiling of the basement is just our floor joists and floorboards, no insulation or plasterboard.
      The freeholder does not live on site.
      Either way i dont think we should have to make any ammendments.


        If the freeholder is the original person who converted the building, i would say it's
        up to him to pay your costs.

        Sounds like he just maybe, be looking to make it into a habitable flat, seeing as he
        has dug out the floor to make the headroom the legal minimum ?
        If so, he is going to make a great deal of money !



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