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To not pay for my neighbours flats to be cleaned after building works?

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happyfrogger Sat 20-Jul-13 10:44:17

We are 4 weeks into a 6 week renovation on the ground floor flat we just bought in London. We have 2 neighbours above, one on either side and one at the back. We are not living there whilst the work is being done (it's a building site). It's noisy and messy.

We like to think we are considerate and neighbourly, and contacted all the neighbours letting them know our plans and schedule. We have left notes and chocolates with them part way through the works and kept them informed (and continued to apologise for the disruption) along the way.

Unfortunately, they are starting to get impatient. This week we have had a very unhappy email stating how shocked and upset the neighbours are about the state our builders are leaving the place in. They expect the communal hall to be hoovered daily and no building rubbish to be left outside in the front garden at any point. (I believe it's not in their way and personally I would bear with it for this short period). We have asked our builders again to keep it cleared regularly where possible.

I am sympathetic to a point, and we have played a civil and apologetic game. The neighbour DEMANDED her windows were cleaned by us at the end of the work, we happily we said yes of course. We also pointed out we would have communal areas professionally cleaned / carpets washed at the end of the work - and make good any damage or knocks to the communal hall etc.

We visited today to keep them informed. We were met with up-tightness and attitude. I understand it is not nice living amidst this but I'm not sure what else I can do to placate them.

Above all I want to be FAIR. Today's demand was 'I think we (all the neighbours) DESERVE that you pay for all our flats to be cleaned. At which point I said 'unfortunately I think this is a hazzard of flat living, but I'm happy to have all communal areas processionally cleaned, as you know.' Perhaps I object to the word 'deserve' or that I'm being seen as the meal ticket for redecorating the hall (yes they asked for that too). I like the fact that we are moving to an area with people who care about being considerate neighbours but I think they are starting to be unfair and there is little else I feel I can do at this point.

AIBU? What else can I do / suggest that is FAIR and without setting the expectation that I can be walked over just to keep the peace???

flanbase Wed 24-Jul-13 09:39:45

you should ensure the communal areas are clean and no disruption at all. Your builders can clean up. There is no need to make a mess here. You should pay for all cleaning of the neighbours flats. If you don't you will suffer all their building works and noise and everything else & they will always remind you of your selfishness

barbaraluton Thu 30-Oct-14 13:00:19

I live in a terraced house and I had some work done (replacing roof) and now rebuilding steps that lead to the front door of the house.
My neighbour (a few guys who rent the house next door) has asked today how long the works will last because his carpet is getting dirty.

Now, the builders are keeping everything fairly organised, and the work is happening in front of my house (not theirs). The work on the steps has been going on for the past 3 days, and will be finished in 2 days' time. I am just wondering what right they will have to ask me for cleaning their carpets? (They are filthy guys anyways, the house smells like it has not been cleaned for a long long when they open the windows)

TwoAndTwoEqualsChaos Thu 30-Oct-14 13:08:30

I'd start a new thread, not post on an old one, because reviving zombies annoys people.

As to your problem, I think they are trying it on, tbh, if it is as you describe. So long as the builders are being considerate, I can't really see how they can blame you for he dirt.

ArabellaTarantella Thu 30-Oct-14 13:10:44

Did you deliberately go hunting for a Zombie Thread barbaraluton? I've never understood people who do this!

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