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by Hugh Jaleak
Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Purchasing property with breached restrictive covenant
Replies: 21
Views: 357

Re: Purchasing property with breached restrictive covenant

Sounds to me that the neighbours haven't really got an issue with the buildings, (if they had, why not object before now?), but having now seen an opportunity to raise a dispute which will affect the Vendor's ability to sell, they can basically blackmail someone into coughing up a large sum of money...
by Hugh Jaleak
Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Boundaries
Topic: Am I wasting my time or justified?
Replies: 34
Views: 525

Re: Am I wasting my time or justified?

As an aside and in regard to the drains, as they are shared then from the point the system becomes shared, and/or where a sewer serving one property, passes under the boundary into a neighbouring property, the drain/sewer from that point then becomes the responsibility of the Sewerage provider, (usu...
by Hugh Jaleak
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Surface Water Drain on my property
Replies: 1
Views: 97

Re: Surface Water Drain on my property

First port of call would be to speak to Severn Trent, they should have a record on their mapping system as to size and direction of the pipe, possibly even the depth. If it's a main sewer, then it is their asset, and they will have an easement for the sewer and access rights to maintain it. In pract...
by Hugh Jaleak
Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Rights of Way
Topic: Gate created entering private land
Replies: 24
Views: 484

Re: Gate created entering private land

It's a limited company who specialises in property refurbs and renting. Then all the Hallmarks are that they know exactly what they are doing, and given a HMO may be/is in the pipeline, I have to wonder if this is an attempt to 'grab' an additional parking area. Stop it now, erect another fence if ...
by Hugh Jaleak
Wed Aug 26, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Septic Tank Mystery
Replies: 3
Views: 228

Re: Septic Tank Mystery

I would have expected the old septic tank to have been removed/and/or filled in at the same time as the properties were connected to mains drainage. They can be quite deep, and anyone/anything falling in would not get out very easily, so for safety reasons, once it ceased to be of use, it should hav...
by Hugh Jaleak
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Flooding
Topic: Surface water run off
Replies: 6
Views: 876

Re: Surface water run off

Check with the Local Council too, planning permission is required to pave over a previously permeable area, and the fact the drainage is inadequate may also go in your favour.
by Hugh Jaleak
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Rights of Way
Topic: House Extension in Private Road
Replies: 32
Views: 1811

Re: House Extension in Private Road

I can see a possible issue where most companies delivering items with heavy vehicles seek the recipient to sign a waiver before 'Ordering the vehicle to leave the Public Highway'. Ready mix concrete lorries, tippers, skip loaders etc, are often at their legal maximum weight when loaded, if the drive...
by Hugh Jaleak
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: General binding rules: GBR small sewage discharge to a surface water
Replies: 65
Views: 5908

Re: General binding rules: GBR small sewage discharge to a surface water

I cannot see how you could be held anyway responsible for this septic tank. It is merely located on/under your property, you are neither jointly or separately an 'operator' as the EA require, so I would just sit back now and let the EA and your Neighbours argue it out next year. My main concern righ...
by Hugh Jaleak
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Septic Tank
Replies: 53
Views: 3201

Re: Septic Tank

It is important to note, a Septic Tank only needs 'emptying' every so often, to remove accumulated sludge. Under normal operation it will remain 'full', with the clarified effluent leaving the tank, which, depending on the treatment process offered by the setup, can be discharged into a soakaway to ...
by Hugh Jaleak
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Roof boundary
Replies: 14
Views: 1611

Re: Roof boundary

Party Wall Agreement may be needed if he plans to carry out work as you describe.
by Hugh Jaleak
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Excavating garden to ground level potential problem
Replies: 9
Views: 1226

Re: Excavating garden to ground level potential problem

Air bricks are usually around DPC level, and in fact the DPC is clearly visible in the pic! Removal of soil to any sort of depth could undermine the foundations, and land you with a large bill! Work with what you have, the world is not flat!
by Hugh Jaleak
Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Water butts on roof
Replies: 4
Views: 857

Re: Water butts on roof

Doubt there's anything illegal about it, but depending on the size of these containers, I hope his roof is strong enough to support them. 1 litre of water = 1kg, so 500 l of water soon makes some weight. Flat roof's often leak, if the board underneath isn't up to the load, then he could find himself...
by Hugh Jaleak
Wed May 08, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Flooding
Topic: Drains
Replies: 5
Views: 2085

Re: Drains

Sounds like its blocked further downstream, and the bubbling is air being displaced. Try Building Control at the local Council, any work on drains needs Building Regs approval, doesn't strike me they have got that!
by Hugh Jaleak
Mon May 06, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Flooding
Topic: Drains
Replies: 5
Views: 2085

Re: Drains

Firstly, did the neighbour have use of the sewer prior to making this rainwater connection to it? If the sewer is shared it is the responsibility of the Water Company as sewerage provider, and although connecting rainwater into a foul sewer is frowned upon now, it is allowed as a last resort if all ...
by Hugh Jaleak
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Flooding
Topic: drainage
Replies: 11
Views: 1824

Re: drainage

Need to establish how long it's been there, but the rules changed in 2011, and it may well now be the Water Company's responsibility. Property owners are responsible for any drain serving their property until it meets any drain being used by another property, or passes under the boundary onto a neig...