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Summerblaze Wed 26-Oct-11 12:56:32

I am moving on Friday and on Monday my solicitors got in touch to say that our buyer was not happy with some work that had been done in our next doors front garden.

Back story is: The couple who we bought our house from 12 years ago re-vamped their front garden but didn't go right up to their boundary, therefore our next door neighbour always looked as if they had a bigger front garden than us. We weren't particularly bothered so when we re-vamped the front garden again, putting a path in, we kept the smaller garden as going up to our boundary would have meant chopping part of their garden up.

We do not get on with our neighbours anymore as we were initially planning on building an extension, they didn't want it building but got nasty about it.

About 2 months ago they came around to let us know that they were redoing their path and should they go up to the boundary or keep the extra bit of our garden. I said that we weren't bothered although the new buyers might be so it was up to them. They then had the work done and went just slightly over their boundary, put a small piece in to keep the path in place on our land and then left a big hole of mud. Bearing in mind that the grass part of their garden is still on our land too.

Our buyers don't like the big hole but don't seem to mind the fact that they have some of our garden. I think they would have preferred them to just carry on the path right up to where it was before. They have asked us to fill in the hole. My dad came round to do this today but had to chip out the small piece of path to do it (this part was on our land).

I rang DH to tell him that all was sorted and he is now worried that I didn't go around to speak to the neighbours before doing it.

Bearing in mind that this piece was on our land and the fact that the reason we are moving in the first place is because of them, AIBU or is DH being silly.

Angel786 Wed 26-Oct-11 13:02:49


lesley33 Wed 26-Oct-11 13:07:25

tbh I think you should have spoken to the neighbours first. It is your right to do what you did, but they did come and talk to you before doing the work before. I think the neighbours would have bu to object to you doing it, but you sould at least have told them you were going to do it and why.

duvetdayplease Wed 26-Oct-11 13:08:30

I didn't really understand tbh. But, have you exchanged? If so then surely the new owner can argue it out with their soon to be neighbours?

slavetofilofax Wed 26-Oct-11 13:10:12

DH isn't being silly, it would have been better for you to go and tell them just so that they don't get a surprise and then cause a fuss over it.

But the fact that you didn't go over isn't a big deal, so neither of you ABU.

Summerblaze Wed 26-Oct-11 13:20:59

No we haven't exchanged yet and this was a point that was holding it up. Should exchange tomorrow or friday. Personally I think this was something that the new owners could have done once they moved in but they are being a bit awkward.

FWIW, when the neighbours came round, he said that he would either finish the path at his boundary and we assumed take up the grass and the bush that is also on our land so we had all our land back or finish it right up to where it was before. I think that just leaving a small part was them being awkward and funny with us especially after all that has gone on.

I wouldn't ask them if I was taking the tree out that is in my front garden so surely this is the same.

Ghoulwithadragontattoo Wed 26-Oct-11 13:25:05

Well it's done now so I wouldn't worry about it. If neighbours complain say there was no other way of dealing with hole they left on your land.

duvetdayplease Wed 26-Oct-11 13:30:16

Ok, sorry I got muddled. I guess your DH is just fretting the sale will be delayed. Hope all goes well now, sounds like you'll be glad to escape the neighbours!

Summerblaze Wed 26-Oct-11 13:34:32

I think he is fretting that the neighbours will be annoyed. Personally I couldn't give a monkeys but didn't want to make DH worried.

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