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What is the law on intruder protection?

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laughingeyes2013 Tue 28-Jan-14 16:40:59

I have a flat where the tenants upstairs climb into their upstairs window for fun, usually when on a high of some sort, and break my fence when they climb on it to get on my private kitchen porch roof.

It costs me a lot of money to repair each time as the post is completely buckled over, and despite my friendly efforts to appeal to their better nature, nothing has changed.

They own cats and keep their windows open so the cats can get in and out using my roof and fence. I wanted to put intruder deterrent paint on my dance and roof but an concerned about where I may stand in terms of 1. Their potential unofficial fire escape using a window, 2. Cruelty to cats and 3. Any injury to themselves if the should slip and break a neck.

Having read a bit about it I father I need to provide a clear notice. Would I put it facing their window so they see it as they climb out?! Or on the wall as they consider climbing up.

It's always in the dark so they won't see it anyway.

Any ideas as to where I stand legally and whether I can use barbed wire or something like that instead?

LaurieFairyCake Tue 28-Jan-14 16:42:58

I wouldn't do it because of the cats as I think it might be poisonous.

But you could put a letter through their door telling them you had done it and see if that deters them?

lljkk Tue 28-Jan-14 16:44:50

You need to put up No Trespass signs, I think. You can do quite a bit (like anticlimb paint) but you need to have signs to warn about the problem.

lljkk Tue 28-Jan-14 16:46:57

I think the paint is basically black sticky oap, but check on that. Harmless to everyone including cats (but can stain clothing).

LaurieFairyCake Tue 28-Jan-14 16:50:54

How would a cat get it off though confused

If it doesn't come off clothes how do they lick it off?

Don't forget any animal that climbs up on the fence (other cats/birds) will also get it on them.

nickymanchester Wed 29-Jan-14 13:21:23

It sounds as though they are climbing onto your fence and then from there onto your roof?

Perhaps if you remove the part of your fence that is near to your porch and anything else that they might use to get onto your roof?

That way they will not be able to climb up onto your roof.

peggyundercrackers Wed 29-Jan-14 13:55:36

i would put blobs of grease along the fence and along the roof, the cats would be able to avoid the blobs but they wont - their clothes will end up covered in grease which wont come out smile you dont have to tell anyone youve put the grease there either...

Shitehawke Thu 30-Jan-14 09:00:30

Omg, people are honestly suggesting op puts up with trespass and vandalism indefinitely just to avoid a fucking cat getting grotty paws!?!?

laughingeyes2013 Thu 30-Jan-14 11:44:28

I spoke to the police and they took it really seriously - seemed the think the paint was a good idea

HomeHelpMeGawd Thu 30-Jan-14 13:13:09

If they're tenants, I would not focus on putting a notice up. I would write to their landlord explaining what they are doing, and that you are deploying anti-intruder paint, and telling the landlord that they should inform their tenants. You need to apply some leverage to the tenants, and the LL is a way to do this

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