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Neighbour Guide: Wood Burning Stoves and Chimineas

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 14 Jan 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Many people in the UK have wood-burning stoves. Some houses need these for heat, whilst others use them as a decorative room feature. However the problem with wood burning stoves and chimineas is that they give off smoke as they burn.

UK Smoke Control Areas

Under the Clear Air Act of 1993 (consolidating the 1956 and 1968 Acts designed to deal with smog), local authorities can designate some areas of their region to be a 'smoke control area'. In these areas, it is an offence to emit smoke from a chimney, a furnace or any fixed boiler. It is also an offence to acquire 'unauthorised fuel' for use in a 'smoke control area'.

Are there any laws about what is burnt in a chimnea? Our neighbour seems to burn any wood that comes to hand which at times causes copious amounts of smoke, preventing my family enjoying our garden and forcing us to close our windows.

The maximum punishment for each offence is a £1000 fine. Your Local Authority will be able to advise of any 'smoke control areas' in your local region. You can find numbers to contact your local authority.

Some exempt fuels and exempt appliances can be still used in these areas. These have passed tests to ensure that they burn without producing smoke. A list of exempt fuels/appliances can be obtained here.

What About Other Relevant Legal Requirements?

There are legal requirements about the design specification and installation of wood burning appliances. This is to ensure that these are correctly ventilated to allow fuel to burn cleanly, and ensure that appliances do not release dangerous carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide into people's homes.

Manufacturers and installers of these appliances will be aware of relevant legal requirements and they will be responsible for compliance with these. However the current legal requirements for the UK can be found in Buildings Regulations Document J, Table 1.

Smoke and 'Nuisance'

Clearly, smoke blowing into your garden or house is "a nuisance", and can affect your enjoyment of your property, especially if this prevents you sitting in your garden, or opening windows. However this may also be a legal 'nuisance'.

Legally, the term nuisance refers to a legal tort, or civil wrong. It is used to describe:

  • a) An activity that is harmful or annoying for others (e.g. a smoking chimney)
  • b) The harm caused by the activity above (e.g. objectionable odour)
  • c) The legal liability that arises from the combination of (a) and (b)

You have a right to quiet enjoyment of your property. This is the same right that stops your landlord carrying out weekly inspections of their property. A legal nuisance is an act that interferes with this right (such as forcing you to close your windows or preventing you sitting in the garden). This type of nuisance is often referred to as a private nuisance.

The case of Bamford v Turnley defined private nuisance as:

"any continuous activity or state of affairs causing a substantial and unreasonable interference with a claimant's land or his use and enjoyment of that land".

I live in a UK city which has seen a great increase in the use of not only wood burning stoves but also the use of smokeless fuel. Being surrounded by 3 houses in a built up area that regularly pump out smoke and fumes, it is not a comfortable or healthy environment.

As far as I can see none of these activities tick the environmental box or consider the health implications. Do we have a legitimate cause for action?

Whether any activity constitutes a nuisance will depend on how it affects you, and the reasonableness of the activity. This will include considerations such as the time of day the activity is carried out (for example DIY is a reasonable activity, but not if it involves hammering after midnight every night).

The court will also consider the area that you live in. For example a built up area can be expected to be noisier than a rural area. The case of Cambridge Water Co Ltd v Eastern Counties Leather Plc stated that if a defendant was using their land unreasonably and causing a nuisance, they will still be liable, even if they used reasonable care to avoid doing so. The test is really if the action was unreasonable, and if the resulting nuisance was reasonably foreseeable.

Long Term Nuisance Can Become Legal

It is a defence to a nuisance claim that if a private nuisance has continued for 20 years, it becomes legal. If you have been aware of a continuous nuisance caused by your neighbour for over 20 years, you will not therefore have a claim in nuisance.

However if you moved into your Property after your neighbour was already burning wood, and so committing the nuisance, this will not be a defence according to the courts. (The 1879 case of Sturges v Bridgman states that there is no defence that the Claimant came to the nuisance).

If a court finds that a neighbour has committed a private nuisance, they can:

  1. make an award for damages (money) to be paid to you
  2. make an injunction to prevent an act being carried out

Often a private nuisance will also be an environmental nuisance (for example light pollution). You can therefore ask your Local Environmental Health Officer to attend your property and report on the conditions. This will be useful evidence in your case.

Options to Prevent a Nuisance

We have a neighbour who has a wood burning stove that frequently floods our house with fumes. Having spoken to the Local Environmental officer we are assured that the appliance conforms to the legal requirements and therefore our only redress is a civil case. As we do not have the funds to do this can you suggest an alternative?

Depending on the nuisance being caused, you may have several options to take private action. These may include:

  • taking action for statutory nuisance in the Magistrates Court
  • taking civil action to get an injunction
  • mediation

You may also apply to the Magistrates Court if, though a nuisance has currently stopped, it is likely to reoccur on the same premises.

Of course the easiest and cheapest way to address a nuisance is to speak to your neighbours. Do they realise that the smoke from their fire is blowing into your house or preventing you using your garden? Particularly in the case of outdoor fires, it may be that these could be moved to a different side of their property to prevent this problem.

Taking Your Case to Court

If you wish to take your case to court, you can get free legal advice on this from your local Citizens Advice Bureau (www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/getadvice.htm). Unfortunately free legal advice is not available through the Legal Aid scheme for this type of legal proceeding. Here are a few keys points to consider:

  • Notice of court action - You will need to provide notice of your intention to take court action (under part 7, section 82 Environmental Protection Act 1990) at least 3 days before doing so for any noise nuisance, and at least 21 days before for any other type of nuisance.
  • Fee - There is a fee for making a complaint to the Magistrates Court (approximately £24, but you can check this with your local Magistrates Court) www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/HMCSCourtFinder
  • Serve a notice on your neighbour - You will need to serve notice on the offending neighbour. You should keep a record of doing this, so many people chose to send a recorded delivery letter. Service could also be affected by a hand-delivered letter, but you would have no record to prove that this was delivered.
  • Represent yourself - You can conduct your case yourself, without legal representation if you wish to do so.
  • Be prepared -Be aware that the defendant may make counter-accusations and also call witnesses.
  • Costs - If you are successful, you may recover some or all of your costs from the other party. However if you are unsuccessful, you may be required to pay some or all of their costs.
  • Breaches of injunction - If an injunction is granted, you will need to go back to court if this is breached to enforce the order.

What evidence will you need to take your case to court?

There are no rules about what evidence you will need in court; you simply need enough evidence to prove your case. Try to make sure that for every point you make, you can back up what you are saying with evidence; it is up to you prove your case on the balance of probabilities. Any evidence you wish to rely on must however be relevant, and go to proving / disproving an element of nuisance (not simply showing that your neighbour is annoying in some other manner).

Here are a few different types of evidence you may want to obtain to support your case:

1) Photographic evidence - take pictures of the smoke blowing into your house / garden. Is soot covering your personal belongings? Take pictures of this.

2) Damaged items - if sooty smoke / ash is blowing into your house / garden, put items (e.g. teddy bears) in a plastic bag as evidence that soot is damaging your property.

3) Witness statements - as well as you giving evidence, you could ask other neighbours / friends to visit your Property and witness the problem themselves. Your witnesses must have witnessed the problem themselves however; they cannot simply give evidence that you told them there was a problem, as this is classed as 'hearsay' by the courts and won't be allowed.

4) Reports by an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) - if an EHO has visited your Property you may rely on their report or test readings. However if the report indicates a nuisance to the public at large, often the EHO will take on the case against the offending party themselves.

Note that any evidence that you wish to rely on will have to be disclosed to the other party if you take your case to court. You will therefore have to provide your neighbour with copy statements and photographs.

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Our neighbours have just installed one of those dreadful wood burners. With the flue pipe ththey have put up all that is missing is a siren to tell the workers to knock off. It looks just like a factory! Who allows these people to get away with this sort of thing? SPcandalous. No consideration for their neighbours. A complete blot on the landscape. Idiots. Should be fined.Selfish and self centered. Go and live in the woods and burn what you want!!!
Appalled - 14-Jan-17 @ 12:28 PM
my neighbourhas had wood stove fitted. now my builtin wardrobe smells of smokeand gets hot. this is through 3 layers of bricks. now starting to get headakes.never had thembefore. could this be thecarbon poison stuff.my wife as started to suffer more with bad eyes. could be linked to the smoke fumes.I am going to have to see them next door.let you know what happens.
minnie - 30-Dec-16 @ 10:00 AM
I've lived above a nightclubfor 2 years and the music tho loud I got used tobut now they have a new dj and he loves his bass everythingin my flat jumps around now sometimes even including my heavy sofa ,no sleep now til after 3 am
Tigs - 30-Dec-16 @ 2:51 AM
Sorry last message should have read ...totally approachable!
Tired - 4-Nov-16 @ 12:03 AM
Mmy neighbours have a wood burner which they rattle several times a day. I assume they're drawing air into it? Anyway the noise is horrendous and sounds like a jackhammer for a minute or so at a time. Not so much of a problem during the day but this happens hourly sometimes til midnight or 1 am. What can I do. They are totally approachable.
Tired - 3-Nov-16 @ 11:58 PM
I live on a mobile caravan site my neighbour installed himself a log burner in 2014 since then till spring this year we've lived with our vehicles covered in soot on our windows our home smelling of fire even to have soot on our window ledges!! I got my environmental officer on to it and he came out a couple of times even came to watch said neighbour light his fire who after organising a time lit it an hour before officer came!! He's burnt pine needles unseasoned wood old pallets!! It's been unbearable and in the end after we had complained he stopped talking to us and if we had any complaint put it in writing??? Then out of the blue about may he took the chimney down !! The relief was immense and we felt like a weight lifted .. we don't have anything to do with the neighbour now .. but today the chimney is back at 4pm bellowing smoke we are in the midst of decorating and having new kitchen I'm on my last nerve I can't go through it all again !! What do I do ??? How can I stop my home feel like a prison I can't open a window it's embarrassing when people come to visit also in the midst of us complaining my husband and I had a row a normal married couple row we did swear at each other we were inside our home and my neighbour then was putting all our row on Facebook!! My friend contacted me to tell me I was soo embarrassed!!! This neighbour is not approachable any advice
Hev - 23-Oct-16 @ 9:58 PM
Nik - Your Question:
I live flat ground floor.I have share garden and my neighbours she live 3rd floor.she done BBQ in ground floor in garden in front of my flat.she did not switch off the fire nice and it's burn to the tree, grass and some wood.when spoke to her she saide to me she is do again and it's share garden.but it's not safe to do BBQ it has a lot of tree and grass and we live ground floor with children,older,disabled most of us.what can we do?

Our Response:
Is your property rented? The best thing to do is to report it to your landlord. There may be no rules about having BBQs in the shared garden but if things like the trees are being set alight etc then the landlord will be able to take action.
ProblemNeighbours - 20-Sep-16 @ 10:11 AM
I live flat ground floor.I have share garden and my neighbours she live 3rd floor.she done BBQ in ground floor in garden in front of my flat.she did not switch off the fire nice and it's burn to the tree, grass and some wood.when spoke to her she saideto me she is do again and it's share garden.but it's not safe to do BBQ it has a lot of tree and grass and we live ground floor with children,older,disabled most of us.what can we do?
Nik - 18-Sep-16 @ 2:31 AM
The house next to ours is owned by Sovereign/Kingfisher Housing Association. The last three tenants have been anti-social in a number of ways. We were told that the last family have been rehoused several times, due to being anti-social. The latest family came February 2015 in a Large City Link Ford Transit ?(in receivership), which was parked inconsiderately for over a year, causing us problems. I finally managed to have it taken away by the Council. Soon after they moved in, one of our new fence panels was badly damaged by their children ramming their cycles into it. When I asked the man if he would help to replace it, he just said,' I am not wasting money on that!' It cost me over £30 pound and several days work. He bought a second large car and parks one sticking out diagonally across two parking spaces. The second car is parked about four feet out in front of the first car, which makes it VERY difficult for us toleave our parking space,due to lack of room. 'Move your car over then', was his response! We have a rear access path which runs behind their back garden, which we use to transfer rubbish to the front for taking to the local dump. I cut back a badly overgrown hedge, which is actually the responsibility of the Housing Association, to clear the path. Next door has now dumped rubbish, including two mattresses on the path, thus blocking it totally. I have been waitingover a month for both the Housing Association and our Local Council to take action! My wife and I are nearly 80 Years old and do not need this stress at our time of life!
GOONBIRD - 26-Jul-16 @ 5:29 PM
The house next to ours is owned by Sovereign/Kingfisher Housing Association. The last three tenants have been anti-social in a number of ways. We were told that the last family have been rehoused several times, due to being anti-social. The latest family came February 2015 in a Large City Link Ford Transit ?(in receivership), which was parked inconsiderately for over a year, causing us problems. I finally managed to have it taken away by the Council. Soon after they moved in, one of our new fence panels was badly damaged by their children ramming their cycles into it. When I asked the man if he would help to replace it, he just said,' I am not wasting money on that!' It cost me over £30 pound and several days work. He bought a second large car and parks one sticking out diagonally across two parking spaces. The second car is parked about four feet out in front of the first car, which makes it VERY difficult for us toleave our parking space,due to lack of room. 'Move your car over then', was his response! We have a rear access path which runs behind their back garden, which we use to transfer rubbish to the front for taking to the local dump. I cut back a badly overgrown hedge, which is actually the responsibility of the Housing Association, to clear the path. Next door has now dumped rubbish, including two mattresses on the path, thus blocking it totally. I have been waitingover a month for both the Housing Association and our Local Council to take action! My wife and I are nearly 80 Years old and do not need this stress at our time of life!
GOONBIRD - 26-Jul-16 @ 5:26 PM
wheels - Your Question:
Been in our property 4yrs the people next door had 2 dogs then that kept barking they now have 8 dogs and they all bark.not all the time only when someone knocks there but whenever I go into my garden and they are out in there garden the noise is bedlam and it does not stop,my wife wont go out in our garden in case the dogs are out also 2 of them are alsations and she is frightened they will come over the wall,what can we do.

Our Response:
Speak to your local council (environmental health department) about both the noise and the (potentially) dangerour dogs.
ProblemNeighbours - 19-Jul-16 @ 12:01 PM
been in our property 4yrs the people next door had 2 dogs then that kept barking they now have 8 dogs and they all bark.not all the time only when someone knocks there but whenever i go into my garden and they are out in there garden the noise is bedlam and it does not stop,my wife wont go out in our garden in case the dogs are out also 2 of them are alsations and she is frightened they will come over the wall,what can we do.
wheels - 17-Jul-16 @ 7:56 PM
I live in a smokeless zone, and have been complaining to my council, with lots and lots of photographic and video evidence ofthe smoke belching from his chimney, for over 9 years! But they continually fail to do anything, other than warn him. They never take it further, as they have to, apparently, catch him physically putting the scrap wood on his fire. They say they do not have the resources. I am taking legal advice over his behaviour towards me in general, but what is the point of a smokeless zone, if it is never enforced?
Smoked Out - 26-May-16 @ 6:14 PM
What can I do with neighbours who are bullying me- I live aloneand since I took down trees in my gardenas I am unable to maintain them and foundelectrical wiring pinned to my side of the wall divingour gardensat the back of the trees - I have been bullied - the wires wereput back on the wall divide on a constant basis - dirty pet containers with food and water and mats being left to dry on the wall, along with plastic piping,broken containers are being left on the wall by these neighbours - they shout and scream at meif I am in my garden-the wall is only waist high - I am trying tosort out putting a wall or fence in my side toblock them off - As I am not workingthis is a major headache and Ihavephysical medical issues whereby Iam facing surgery and do not need this hassleIam totally overlooked by themonce they come out into the garden -they keep putting the items back on the wall-they have trained their two dogs to bark if I amin the bottom quarter of my gardenandare very abusive towards me - Winter time they light illegal fireworksand some have hit off my windows and knock off my alarm ,they also light a fire and I have to close mywindowsand doors with the smell and cant hang out my clotheseven though its nowthe month of may - would be glad of any way to deal with this - I have taken photos of the items on the wall andhave been accused of taking photos of their children ? I don't understand this I am aadult women not a pervert I havegot the police involved as an other neighbour came out and abused me verballyone day as I took plastic piping off the wall - this neighbour had already been abusive to me before she has serious issues and had been advised to stay clear what can I do I am- I don't needthe stress of this- last year they hung clothes lineup againstback of neighbours new fencingand had the clothespole right up against the wall so in effect their clothes once on the clothes line blew direct into my garden
garden flower - 1-May-16 @ 4:25 PM
Rain - Your Question:
My friend has asked for my help about her neighbour's wood fire stove that heats up their shared internal wall. The wall on her side is her hallway wall. The wall gets so hot that you cannot touch it without burning. A crack has also started to appear. Is there any laws pertaining to this problem so that we can tell her neighbour to insulate the wall?

Our Response:
If the work has been carried out incorrectly and has caused actual damage, then the neighbour may be able to claim damages under the Party Wall Act. Which states that a person should:
(a)making good all damage occasioned by the work to the adjoining premises or to their internal furnishings and decorations; and
(b)carrying any relevant flues and chimney stacks up to such a height and in such materials as may be agreed between the building owner and the adjoining owner concerned and relevant flues and chimney stacks are those which belong to an adjoining owner and either form part of or rest on or against the party structure.
(5)Any right falling within subsection (2)(f), (g) or (h) is exercisable subject to making good all damage occasioned by the work to the adjoining premises or to their internal furnishings and decorations.
(6)The right falling within subsection (2)(j) is exercisable subject to making good all damage occasioned by the work to the wall of the adjoining owner’s building.
ProblemNeighbours - 31-Mar-16 @ 2:17 PM
My friend has asked for my help about her neighbour's wood fire stove that heats up their shared internal wall.The wall on her side is her hallway wall.The wall gets so hot that you cannot touch it without burning.A crack has also started to appear.Is there any laws pertaining to this problem so that we can tell her neighbour to insulate the wall?
Rain - 29-Mar-16 @ 2:22 PM
Si La Nu - Your Question:
I have a neighbor who has had a wood burning fire insulated into his flat and I think with a chimney fan system Since this has been fitted it sounds like he has a clothes dier on all the time and is very noisy at nightI have asked him to turn his machine off at night and he is denying that the noise comes from his flat and has told me not to contact him againHe does not know I am aware that he has this system in his flat and have not mention this to himHe is a lawyer and I think he thinks he is above the law, is there anything I can do about this Thank you for this help in this matter Si La Nu

Our Response:
Make a note of the noise, when it occurs and what type of noise it is. Then contacted your environmental health department for advice.
ProblemNeighbours - 16-Mar-16 @ 10:48 AM
I have a neighbor who has had a wood burning fire insulated into his flat and I think with a chimney fan system Since this has been fitted it sounds like he has a clothes dier on all the time and is very noisy at nightI have asked him to turn his machine off at night and he is denying that the noise comes from his flat and has told me not to contact him againHe does not know I am aware that he has this system in his flat and have not mention this to himHe is a lawyer and I think he thinks he is above the law, is there anything I can do about this Thank you for this help in this matter.
SiLaNu - 15-Mar-16 @ 12:30 PM
My dad lives in 1st flr flat in a 2 floor building. Ground floor has a large flat roof extension into their back garden. Recently downstairs installed woodburning stove, the chimney of which has been located on the roof of the extension, about 10ft from Dads bedroom window. The 4ft chimney is an eyesore but dad doesn't look out the window much now so not a problem However now the smoke has started to blow in but Dad says he will just keep the window shut. Are people allowed to do this? Jim
Jim - 3-Dec-15 @ 10:12 AM
I have a neighbour that has put a wood burning chimnea on the side of his house. He is the type that does things and cares little for the impact it has on the neighbours. Most of which are elderly and will not want to approach him. He would not listen anyway! The smoke is horrendous it is engulfing about six properties. A few things to consider- Installation was done by him. I m pretty sure he would not have building regulations He has built a small "extension" at the side of his house approx. 2 metres high, 1 metre wide and 0.5 metres out from his property. Would he need planning permission? The person that built all the properties had a house above them and in mine and all other neighbours houses it is in our deeds that we cannot have open fires or fuel burning additions to the house. Can anybody advise me on how to deal with this issue.?
Bodgejob - 29-Nov-15 @ 9:26 AM
Miserable..i can sympathise with you....im fed up to the back teeth with it.....informed EH they wont come out to look. They in turn referred me to the buildings people, same there...passed the buck and said to send some pics to EH...i said you really need to come and see what im talking about as you cannot see how near this thing is to us from pictures..( its stuck on their conservatory roof ) The whole things a damn joke. I bet they would do something if it was their houses !!!! I know in the end i will probably lose my rag and go nuts here. Also if we wanted to sell up who in their right mind would buy our place with that monstrosity right out by the back door !!! God, give me strength...something ought to be done about these foul smelling things. He even asked my husband once if he could have the old decking we had stacked up to chuck out which had been tannalised...needless to say he never got it as my husband told him you cannot burn that stuff it has been treated...he just said, oh !!! Gawd only knows what else he has been burning on it as it stinks awful sometimes. Even my brother who lives further out in the country said it stinks and he must be chucking all old junk on it as he has a burner and it doesnt smell like that !!
aliray13 - 19-Nov-15 @ 11:02 AM
We have lived with aflue installed by a new neighbour for just a year. From day one our lives have been made a misery we went round to try and discuss it with them but they were very rude. We contacted our local environmental health and explained about the smell smoke and fumes including them burning the old garden fence and filled out forms to be I formed their burner had been installed correctly. Surely we have the right to breathe clean air inside and outside our home these neighbours have used this burner continually how I miss pegging out my washing and my poor garden has been very neglected this year. The prevailing winds are westerly so we have the smell and smoke continually we are desperate and even tried to sell our home but we are to old to get a morgage, our health is now being affected and we are so unhappy .
miserable - 15-Nov-15 @ 8:40 PM
Tweetypie - Your Question:
My next door neighbours smoke cigarettes and sit right next to our adjoining fence which then results in the smoke blowing over to my garden and into my house. As a result, I can never sit in my back garden and enjoy the summer or have my doors and windows open. I have spoken to them about this and they said that they would move to the end of their garden to smoke, but to date they haven't done this. (I asked them 7 months ago). The smoke causes me health problems as it goes straight to my chest and causes me to wheeze. The mother is very ill and still smokes, but I feel that I can't raise this with them again due to her ill health. They also have a noisy barking dog which winds my dog up no end. Luckily my dog doesn't bark back but does try and get through the fence to get through to the dog!Can someone please give me some advice on how best to tackle this situation ? Thank you.

Our Response:
If the neighbours have not cooperated on either of these matters, you could try contacting your local environmental health department. If the barking is excessive they may be able to act. It's unlikely that they will be able ot do much about the cigarette smoke.
ProblemNeighbours - 11-Nov-15 @ 1:58 PM
My next door neighbours smoke cigarettes and sit right next to our adjoining fence which then results in the smoke blowing over to my garden and into my house.As a result, I can never sit in my back garden and enjoy the summer or have my doors and windows open. I have spoken to them about this and they said that they would move to the end of their garden to smoke, but to date they haven't done this.(I asked them 7 months ago). The smoke causes me health problems as it goes straight to my chest and causes me to wheeze. The mother is very ill and still smokes, but I feel that I can't raise this with them again due to her ill health. They also have a noisy barking dog which winds my dog up no end.Luckily my dog doesn't bark back but does try and get through the fence to get through to the dog! Can someone please give me some advice on how best to tackle this situation ? Thank you.
Tweetypie - 10-Nov-15 @ 12:03 PM
I absolutely dread this time of year....the neighbour has a flue coming out of his conservatory foof which is roundabout 15' from our back door.....its on right now and i am cooking dinner with the windows shut, im boiling hot and the condensation has steamed all the windows up and is coming down the walls....its the same in our bathroom, im really fed up with this. Its been going on for a good few years now and he is not the type of person you could talk to about it as he would get the right hump as he did before about a completely different matter......i know for a fact if the boot was on the other foot he would of complained from the off , i know i should of said something but i dont like to rock the boat...surely there must be some sort of rules and regulations for this things especially on the roof of a conservatory. There have been times when hes been out and i have had my bathroom window open letting a bit of fresh air in only not having realised he has come back until the awful smell is floating down the stairs and into my living room...im at my wits end here, this is just not fair on us !!!!!
aliray13 - 25-Oct-15 @ 12:33 PM
I live in a housing executive bungalow, can i go ahead and have a woodburning stove installed? Will flu be too low as building is single story?
Benji - 11-Oct-15 @ 9:03 PM
I am so cross.We are surrounded by wood and coal burning idiots! My sons have asthma and I hate winter because of it! We should get a petition. You are right! It is going backwards. What are radiators for!!
Veryverycross - 20-Sep-15 @ 12:26 AM
Three of my neighbour's 6 foot high fences on the boundary between our bungalows have blown down over the last 18 months, two of which have been left down completely, and one of which has been roughly put together creating a sort of half panel. He was asked shortly after the first one blew down and he claimed he could not afford to replace it. Since that time he has had 2 x 6-week holidays abroad, plus bought himself a 'used' BMW sports-type car so it seems very obvious he has chosen to buy luxury items rather than take responsibility for his fence on our boundary. There are Restrictive Covenants on both our Title Deeds stipulating maintenance of fences plus not to cause a nuisance.Can I now do anything to get my neighbour to maintain his fence?
Chris - 21-Jul-15 @ 8:25 AM
I need some advice please. I share 2 chimneys with my neighbour. They are both in need of repair. I approached my neighbour and we came to an agreement to share the cost equally, even though there is more work required his side. I have sort out a few builders, got quotes and checked out their credentials and reputation. All of them have said that it is just a job of pointing up but another winter may turn it into the bigger job of having one of them rebuilt. I can afford the repair but not the rebuild so obviously I would like it done ASAP. My neighbour is unhappy with the quotes, although they are very reasonable, but unwilling to gather any himself. He's made a few comments that suggests he wants me to pay. I have found out that the previous owner of my home replaced the neighbours fencing, guttering and facias. He does little to no maintenance or gardening. He tried to get his house painted for free recently when I had mine re-painted. He said the house painters had damaged his property. They hadn't and they were very polite to him but refused his request. Where do I stand legally? Any suggestions are welcome. I need this work done, my daughter sleeps in the room below the chimney and the thought of the chimney crashing through the roof is horrific.
babs5074 - 19-Jul-15 @ 5:57 PM
I have a problem with my nieghbours chimniea causing smoke to cover washing in the garden and enter the house this has gone on for a number of years. My nieghbour sees the washing out and still lights the chimniea. My wife suffers from astma and has to go in the house and shut the doors. I have read the rules and regulations regarding the law and it would appear ifi buy my own chimiea and angle it into his garden providing i don't do it every day he can do nothing about it we would then see how he likes it. I work in a wood factory so no shortage of wood and according to what i have read providing i don't do it on a regular basisand classify my self as a nuisence i can pump all the smoke i like into his garden without retribution or fear of prosecution
pembo - 14-Jun-15 @ 9:37 PM
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