Neighbour white washed my extension wall

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Neighbour white washed my extension wall

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I have recently had a rear single story extension built, all signed of by
building regs..

the side wall facing my neighbour is about 5 inches inside the dividing boundary fence and no part overhangs their side, but i have noticed that they have recently painted the side wall facing them with whitewash to match their house.

can i claim any form of compensation as this is surely my wall which they have decided to paint, and no amount of cleaning will get back to origional finish?

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Post by despair »

They had no right whatsoever to paint or touch your wall

You can sue them for the cost of Professional removal of the paint

get 3 quotes from 3 specialist firms then write recorded delivery stating that you will choose the cheapest quote
that access must be given for the work

that immediate payment will be required
and that you will sue them for the costs plus all expenses if they fauil to pay

You should also tell them that its your wall and well within your boundary and that By Law they cannot
paint or render or stain or attach or lean anything whatever to the walls or fences not OWNED by them
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Post by steve1 »

thankyou for the advise

many thanks

steve
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despair wrote:They had no right whatsoever to paint or touch your wall

You can sue them for the cost of Professional removal of the paint

get 3 quotes from 3 specialist firms then write recorded delivery stating that you will choose the cheapest quote
that access must be given for the work

that immediate payment will be required
and that you will sue them for the costs plus all expenses if they fauil to pay

You should also tell them that its your wall and well within your boundary and that By Law they cannot
paint or render or stain or attach or lean anything whatever to the walls or fences not OWNED by them

Oh dear, Straight to litigation slamming and banging yet again.
The courts expect you to act reasonably (even if you think you haven’t been treated that way)

Write to the neighbour explaining that the wall is yours and on your property and that they have no right to interfere with it.

Instruct them to restore it to its original condition (within a reasonable time frame) with the proviso that failure to comply will result in you instructing a contractor to undertake the works, reserving the option to recover any costs through the courts if needed.
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Post by robj191269 »

.......or you can say thanks to the neighbour for helping to protect your extension from the weather.....

If its 5" from the boundary you wont be looking at it anyway
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Post by despair »

The extention wall is 5inches inside of a boundary fence

The neighbour cannot possibly pretend its his property

While Treemans approach might be a reasonable one

Theres no way the neighbour has behaved with any kind of consideration whatever
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Post by WILL*REMAIN*STRONG »

I think it depends on the history between neighbours, if they are usually nice and pleasant neighbour's I guess you could be more lenient. If there is a history of this sort of thing or other unpleasant behaviour then I would imagine you wouldn't want to just let this go.
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Post by subjecttocontract »

I had a similar exerience as your neighbour once.

A neighbours new single story building had been painted EXCEPT for the wall facing me. After 12 months of waiting & waiting & waiting I'd had enough and painted it for him. After all I was the one looking at it. He wasn't very pleased. I told him I really couldn't care less how he felt as he obviously didn't care about us either. He threatened all sorts of nasty things.......I told him to do whatever he felt was necessary BUT that I wasn't taking it off /repairing it/ paying him or anything else.

It never went any farther.......he was all hot air.

I suspect that the OP WON'T take it any farther either.
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Post by kandy »

Has the painting caused or is it likely to cause any harm - modern new wall, so paint will not cause any issues.
The neighbours property is probably a lot darker since the extension was built - painting it white may have helped restore the balance.
Being only 5" from the bounday, as said, you don't have to look at it.
Yes they've taken a liberty - but why worry?
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Post by arborlad »

What was the wall built with, bricks or blocks?
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the side wall facing my neighbour is about 5 inches inside the dividing boundary fence and no part overhangs their side, but i have noticed that they have recently painted the side wall facing them with whitewash to match their house.

Is it doing any harm!
If they need to call themselves an....... expert......than you know there not.
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Post by suzi »

can see both sides of this, on the hand its your wall, your property, you own it so what right does anyone have to paint it ?
on the other hand, its the neighbours that have to look at it and live with it not you.
like someone else has said the wall may have made their garden seem dark so they thought theyd lighten it up, but they quite rightly should have asked first.

out of interest, if they had of asked what would have been your answer ?
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Post by ukmicky »

I would call the police, criminal damage. I would also then sue them for the cost of repair and hire my own workman to perform the work.
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I think you could sue them for the damage caused. The judge might award you one pound, as the 'devalued' wall ijust as useful to you as the wall without paint. The judge might then order that you pay all the legal costs of both sides.
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Post by WILL*REMAIN*STRONG »

Would you allow your neighbour to dictate what colour your house is because they face it across a street? Would you allow a neighbour to get away with topping your tree because they don't like it even if it doesn't overhang their garden?

5 inch
5 feet
5 metres

Where do you draw the line?

I am all for live and let live but there is a line, usually well and trully crossed when a person does not ask for permission.
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