...to not want my neighbour's skip on my land?

(22 Posts)
Nessalina Fri 12-Feb-16 19:58:54

Our house backs on to a track that has five houses along it, and we're friendly with the people next door, and over the way, but don't really know the other two houses.
Our immediate neighbour has mentioned that their other side neighbours need to get a skip, and apparently they have asked if they can put it on our land at the back...
We have a large-ish space at the back that would take three cars and they want to use one of these spaces.
Apparently it will cost a fortune in insurance or something if they have it on the road, and I can't really think of a good reason why they can't use the space except for the fact that it makes me uneasy. I don't really know them after all.
I'd prefer to keep good relations with those around me, but WIBU to just say no?
I feel like I need a good reason - why am I such a wimp???

AutumnLeavesArePretty Fri 12-Feb-16 20:01:36

Why would it make you feel uneasy! It's just a skip.

I'd have no issues with it, the world makes for a very sad place when people don't help each other out.

BYOSnowman Fri 12-Feb-16 20:03:12

If something happens with the skip eg something falls out and it damages a car- will you be liable?

YoniMitchell Fri 12-Feb-16 20:03:14

Have the skip-needing neighbours asked you directly? If so I'd want assurances from them about when it would be removed (and that it wouldn't be in a position to attract other dumping) but then I'd probably say OK.

If they haven't even bothered to ask you directly then I'd be inclined to make it clear to the intermediary that they really ought to do so if they want your help with the location. Or they can just stump up for the necessary on-road costs. Courtesy and all that.

Hope that makes sense, it's been a long day and I need wine!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 12-Feb-16 20:05:37

I think as long as they don't damage anything (are your cars parked there or is it just 'space' ? ) , they don't leave rubbish round the skip and they actually ask you themselves not via a NDN (because you would be saving them ££) then ok.

We have space at the end of our garden where random skips turn up to. Its a 'Service Road' but right behind our fence so we get the noise etc.
No bugger asks us hmm

What2 Fri 12-Feb-16 20:06:02

I would go with your gut instinct and decline. Lots of people have skips on the road, surely it can't be that expensive. How about telling them that you have visitor coming but you are not sure when and that they might want to park there?

Otherwise can you just blame your DH or your landlord if you have one.

SweetAdeline Fri 12-Feb-16 20:07:02

Do they have a single car space? Can they put the skip in their space and park in yours? For some reason that seems less risky.

Vintage45 Fri 12-Feb-16 20:07:32

I assume that they will ask you judging by what you've written.

I don't understand why they can't for a short space of time?

RaspberryOverload Fri 12-Feb-16 20:07:35

They should at the very least have asked you themselves, not gone via another neighbour.

And while I like helping people, after previous bitter experience, I don't allow people to park or otherwise leave anything on my land.

My parents had problems with people leaving their cars on their drive in an area with very limited parking. So my experience is that people can and do take the piss once you allow them to park, etc on your land.

MamaTeeTee Fri 12-Feb-16 20:10:35

It costs about 35 quid to get a permit to put it on the road. Just decline. They may not pay for the skip, in which case it won't be removed (learnt from bitter experience!)

RB68 Fri 12-Feb-16 20:10:52

if you need to have a license for the skip it can be expensive talking several hundred pounds. I think the person needs to come and speak to you directly, tell you what will be going in it and how long it will be there for and if you decide yes then you need to be clear its a one off and not for a succession of skips if they are for e,g, renovating the house

But I think a bit of leeway between neighbours can go along way

Marniasmum Fri 12-Feb-16 20:11:29

Don't ! it may be there for months!

Vintage45 Fri 12-Feb-16 20:14:26

If they come and ask you, which of course they should and will have to, I don't see why allowing them to do that for a short period of time if it's not an inconvenience to you would be a problem.

Homemadeapplepie Fri 12-Feb-16 20:20:46

You need a licence to put a skip on the road but it's not extortionate- last time we were quoted it was £20 ( depends where you live). More of a pain to the waste removal company is that they often have to put lights, traffic cones etc on the skip. If they're using your land would they be traipsing up and down past your house with the rubbish, would they plonk the skip smack bang in the middle of the spaces so you couldn't use any of them, would they leave the skip there for weeks after the work was finished? It's all worth considering.

eddielizzard Fri 12-Feb-16 20:28:03

very likely it'll be there a long time. if they came and asked and seemed reasonable then i probably would if it were neither here nor there to me. but if it's an imposition, say no. you will resent it otherwise.

echt Fri 12-Feb-16 20:30:40

Tell them you don't mind as long as you can use it too. That will give them pause for thought.

Hassled Fri 12-Feb-16 20:32:38

I've had skips on the road many times and I don't remember it ever costing significantly more than off-road. It's certainly not "a fortune".

Witchend Fri 12-Feb-16 20:41:23

Price for my parents up north was £100 per week per skip. I believe down here it's around £250. They're not necessarily avoiding a few pounds.

BoneyBackJefferson Fri 12-Feb-16 20:47:18

As they haven't asked, you have every right to say no to a second hand request.

Also as others have said, they could leave it there for ages, they could decide not to pay the company and abandon it, they could see it as a permanent offer to use your property for parking etc.

ABetaDad1 Fri 12-Feb-16 20:50:21

It wont cost them a fortune to put it on the road. It costs £35 to put a skip on the road in our council area for a 1 month. They are just saving a bit of cash - that is all. There is no insurance issue, etc.

I have had a lot of skips in the last two years and it cost the same to hire it regardless of whether it be on road or my land. I only pay the extra £35 on top if the skip firm put it on the road.

Nessalina Fri 12-Feb-16 21:29:28

Thanks for the replies, I've just had a look online, and the gov.uk website says a permit for a skip for Leeds is only £16, which seems pretty reasonable to me! hmm I'll see if they get in touch directly, and if they do, politely decline I think... We park on the space, and if they did place it awkwardly then it could be a bugger getting in and out!

TheNoodlesIncident Fri 12-Feb-16 23:10:55

I had a skip left on my drive for a MONTH. In the end I was so frustrated with the skip hire company I rang them up every hour haranguing them and told them I would be charging for skip storage.

They hated me but they took their skip away then.

So I wouldn't. Skip hire companies take them away when it suits them. And as the landowner but not the person wanting the skip, you'll be in an awkward position if they won't take it away when YOU need it gone.

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