Should neighbour remove chimney breasts?

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  • Should neighbour remove chimney breasts?

    I have a 3 storey terraced house in Battersea which I let out. The next door neighbour is doing a flat conversion, and plans to remove all his chimney breasts, (but presumably leave the chimneys on top, as they are joined onto mine.)

    I had my party wall surveyor round today to log my house's condition, but he tells me that the neighbour has every right to remove the breasts if he wishes.

    Now, given that the houses were designed to have chimney breasts, isn't there a danger that they will be weakening the structure of my house by removing them on one side of the wall?

    I guess this might not even show up for ten years, long after the development has been sold.

    Am I worrying about nothing, or should I be concerned? If so what should I do?

  • #2
    Arrrgggghhhhhhhhh!!

    No, don't let him - but don't know how you stop him.

    Think I'd start with building regs & stiff Solicitors letter..
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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    • #3
      Thanks Artful.

      Anyone else got any ideas how I can prevent this?

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      • #4
        Whether the Party Wall etc Act 1996 applies depends on whether the chimney breast is a party structure. If it is then any right to remove it arises under the Act and not otherwise. It sounds like you need to instruct your own surveyor. The average surveyor understands the Act better than the average lawyer and a specialist party wall surveyor better than most lawyers.

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        • #5
          Thanks Lawcruncher.

          I have my own party wall surveyor. He's the idiot who thinks there's no problem.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JK0 View Post

            I have my own party wall surveyor.
            No you don't. You have appointed a Surveyor to Act on behalf of the structure.

            Very, very rarely is there an issue with removing chimney breasts. Yes, they do provide support but then again so does every other element within in the property to a greater or lesser extent.

            Originally posted by JK0 View Post
            He's the idiot who thinks there's no problem.
            As opposed to the idiot without any knowledge or understanding making sweeping generalisations?
            There is always scope for misinterpretation.

            If my posts can be interpreted in two ways, one that makes you feel angry and one that doesn't, I meant the latter.

            Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mk1fan View Post
              As opposed to the idiot without any knowledge or understanding making sweeping generalisations?
              Do you mean I am an idiot without any knowledge or understanding? Thanks for that. Please feel free not to answer my posts in future.

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              • #8
                If you're so sensitive to being called an idiot then I suggest you don't call other people ones in a public forum.
                There is always scope for misinterpretation.

                If my posts can be interpreted in two ways, one that makes you feel angry and one that doesn't, I meant the latter.

                Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new.

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                • #9
                  I didn't refer to anyone on here or by name, did I?

                  I have reported your post.

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                  • #10
                    Neither did I.

                    Removal of chimney breasts is common and only very, very rarely causes structural issues. A competent Party Wall Surveyor should know whether this situation is one of those times. Assuming that you've appointed a competent person then I see no reason to question their advice.
                    There is always scope for misinterpretation.

                    If my posts can be interpreted in two ways, one that makes you feel angry and one that doesn't, I meant the latter.

                    Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JK0 View Post
                      I didn't refer to anyone on here or by name, did I?
                      Originally posted by mk1fan View Post
                      Neither did I.
                      .
                      Err, yes you did. It was me wasn't it?

                      Originally posted by mk1fan View Post
                      If you're so sensitive to being called an idiot

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                      • #12
                        The removal of a chimney breast requires building regs approval and if a listed building or in a conservation area then P.P. also.
                        If the works are carried out correctly.....e.g. if any remaining part of the breast stops in the roof void then it should be supported by gallow brackets or another approved method but other than that I can't see a problem. Prior to your neighbour carrying out the works, I'd take some internal photos of the party wall in case vibration from the breast's removal causes damage to your plaster.

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