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Next doors cable tv cables in my garden, can i insist they be moved?

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Linnet Mon 13-May-13 00:19:01

In my front garden there are two green tubes with various cables in them for Virgin cable tv, originally installed many moons ago when it was Telewest. One of them leads into my house, I haven't had cable tv for years and don't plan on having it again as we now have sky so want to remove this wire from my house and garden.

The other cable, in my garden, goes into the house next door. The boundry line is a brick wall, built by previous owner of next door and it seems that the cable company back in the telewest days decided that it would be easier to go round the wall and put the tubing for next door on my side rather than drill through next doors garden wall.

I don't want these tubes/cables on my land. I was under the impression that next door had left Virgin and gone with sky but it seems they did do that but have now left Sky and gone back to Virgin. Fair enough they are entitled to sign up to whatever tv company they like but surely the cables/tubing should be in their garden and not in mine?

Do I have any right to insist that Virgin move these cables off my land and into next doors garden?

JazzAnnNonMouse Mon 13-May-13 04:49:11

Yes I think you do.

Linnet Mon 13-May-13 16:10:01

Are they likely to move them out of my garden though has anyone ever had this happen?

FrebbieMisaGREATshag Mon 13-May-13 16:12:41

What permission did you give originally? Can you remember?

FrebbieMisaGREATshag Mon 13-May-13 16:13:03

Also, how long have the cables been like that?

Fuckwittery Mon 13-May-13 16:16:35

they might have rights in the deeds to lay cables etc over your land, you will need to check
hopefully a conveyancing solicitor will come along and tell you what you need to look for

Linnet Mon 13-May-13 16:18:38

I never gave permission for next doors cabling to go through my garden. It was just always there.

I think it's been there for at least 10 years.

Linnet Mon 13-May-13 16:19:29

who might have rights to lay cables over my land? The people next door?

FrebbieMisaGREATshag Mon 13-May-13 16:19:55

You need to check your deeds. Also, check boundaries - if the wall is totally on next door's property even though it abuts yours they are entitled to have their cables there.

You really need to see a solicitor.

FrebbieMisaGREATshag Mon 13-May-13 16:20:59

If your property is encumbered by an easement specific to the scenario, they may well have rights to lay cables.

As I said, a property lawyer and a good hard look at your deeds is the best bet.

Linnet Mon 13-May-13 16:23:56

Surely they can't have their cables going through what is my land if it's over the boundry into my garden.

FrebbieMisaGREATshag Mon 13-May-13 16:25:22

If there is an easement on the deeds that is relevant, then yes they can.

If the wall was built 2" (for example) inside the boundary, then yes they can.

You need to get your deeds out. Do you have a copy in the house?

EuroShaggleton Mon 13-May-13 16:26:04

They can if they have an easement. Some of our utilities run under our neighbour's land and have a right to do that - it is all laid out in the deeds. If they don't you can get them moved.

Linnet Mon 13-May-13 16:26:27

Yes I have a copy of the deeds in the house

FrebbieMisaGREATshag Mon 13-May-13 16:28:13

You need to check the deeds and check if they have a right to have services in your garden.

You need to check where the boundary wall is - if it's on their land, they haven't done anything wrong.

Linnet Mon 13-May-13 16:40:58

The deeds show the building, there is a line between my garden and next doors garden and my garden is coloured pink. There doesn't seem to be anything written to say that anything is shared between next door and us.

FrebbieMisaGREATshag Mon 13-May-13 16:43:27

Have you got copies of all the conveyancing stuff from when you bought the house?

My concern would be that the previous owner built the wall inches inside his boundary and thus the wires etc are actually on his land iyswim?

bubblesinthesky Mon 13-May-13 16:46:30

My mum has some cables going through her garden and gets a small rent cheque every year. Sadly a rather pathetic amount grin No idea how this came about as they were there when she moved into the house in the early 1970s.

I think you probably do have a right to insist they move them

FrebbieMisaGREATshag Mon 13-May-13 16:48:27

Also, you'd need to look at the contract you signed with the cable company at the time in case there's anything in there.

Linnet Mon 13-May-13 16:58:41

I don't have a contract from the cable company as the company we were with many years ago no longer exists and we left them about 9 years ago and moved to sky and have been with them ever since.

I have found a copy of the deeds of conditions which has the land marked on it. the wall is marked on it then there is the line from the centre of the building to the pavement and my area is pink. I wonder if you are right about the wall having been built just within their boundry.

I've got to go out now but will be back later, thanks

Linnet Tue 14-May-13 20:49:49

Having looked through the deeds I can't see anything that says it would allow next door to have cable in my garden, but I think I'll probably see if I can see a solicitor just to double check and to clarify a few other points too.

I should be ok to take out the cable that goes into my house though shouldn't I?

FrebbieMisaGREATshag Tue 14-May-13 20:50:41

You should be grand to remove your own cable.

Solicitor is an excellent idea.

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