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    Hi

    We purchased a property for buy to let. Now it's ready for letting but there's a problem. It's a mid terraced house and the back wall between the two properties fell down a few weeks ago. The other house is rented and the landlord of that property is not interested in rebuilding the wall. Problem is the neighbours have two big noisy dogs who are left in the back yard. Showing prospective tenants around might not go well!

    We believe the wall to be a party wall so have offered to pay half for it to be rebuilt, but still no interest from the landlord.

    Do we rebuild it and send him a bill, is there anyone who could help us with this landlord, Council maybe?

    It's our first property so any advice offered would be appreciated.

  • #2
    See if there is any duty imposed by your deeds first. Contact the local council to see if they can serve a disrepair notice on your neighbours landlord.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by newtimer View Post
      We believe the wall to be a party wall so have offered to pay half for it to be rebuilt, but still no interest from the landlord.
      Have you actually checked your deeds to see who is responsible for the wall?

      We live in a mid terrace, and we are responsible for the wall/fence on one side, and the neighbour in responsible for the other side.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by newtimer View Post
        We purchased a property for buy to let. Now it's ready for letting but there's a problem. It's a mid terraced house and the back wall between the two properties fell down a few weeks ago.
        The letting-out of next door is irrelevant. It's a question of what the title deeds reveal, and esp. any 'T'-marks on the deed plans.
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        • #5
          Hi

          Thanks for the replies.

          Have double checked the deeds, found this:

          'The walls and fences separating the premises are and shall henceforth remain party walls and fences and shall be kept in repair at the joint and equal expense of the respective owners'.

          Will try again to get his cooperation, if all else fails will have to get onto local Council.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by newtimer View Post
            We purchased a property for buy to let. Now it's ready for letting but there's a problem. It's a mid terraced house and the back wall between the two properties fell down a few weeks ago.
            Isn't this covered by your buildings insurance?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mrs Mug View Post
              Isn't this covered by your buildings insurance?
              If it did just 'fall down' then it will almost certalnly be down to disrepair, and therefore not.

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              • #8
                Unless the place is listed or in a conservation area, you could replace garden wall (expensive) with fence (cheaper and quicker). A fence would sort out the dogs just as well as a wall would. (Also it wouldn't be vulnerable to collapse if a single buddleia seed got into the mortar: you can guess I have experience of this).

                Even if the wall is a party wall, you don't want a dispute with the neighbour to drag on to the detriment of viewings when barking dogs are all over your garden.

                It would probably be to your advantage to fund wall/fence yourself, even if the neighbour ought to pay half.

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                • #9
                  Put up a fence on your own property i.e. next to the wall which has fallen down.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks again.

                    Some very useful replies there.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mrs Mug View Post
                      Isn't this covered by your buildings insurance?
                      Also, newtimer, do you have legal expenses insurance?
                      JEFFREY SHAW, solicitor [and Topic Expert], Nether Edge Law*
                      1. Public advice is believed accurate, but I accept no legal responsibility except to direct-paying private clients.
                      2. Telephone advice: see http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=34638.
                      3. For paid advice about conveyancing/leaseholds/L&T, contact me* and become a private client.
                      4. *- Contact info: click on my name (blue-highlight link).

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                      • #12
                        Provide a TV with 'Canine Capers' and 'Crufts Live' to distract the dogs during viewings?
                        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                        • #13
                          If the dogs are causing a nuisance, a letter to the environmental health department at your local council might be a good idea.

                          I would not rent a house next to a property with noisy dogs!!
                          Mrs Jones
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                          • #14
                            Nor one where the dogs will hop over the broken wall to ***p in your garden: you can guess I have experience of this!!

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