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How should I ask my neighbour to rectify this

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stripytees Tue 18-Aug-15 17:56:36

My NDN in a terraced house is currently having an extension built.

So far my garden is covered in a thick layer of dust from the bricks, has lots of assorted rubble that's fallen over, part of my fence is damaged, the concrete under the fence is damaged, windows and sills are covered in dust, my rose is covered in dust...

Would it be reasonable to ask for professional window cleaning and some sort of washing of the concrete area? For the fence panel to be replaced rather than just repaired?

I'm also worried because the drain where waste water from the kitchen goes to is kind of open with just a grille thing on top - dust will have gone there, is it going to block it?

The neighbour blamed me for not being neighbourly for not letting the builders work from my side to build so she won't take kindly to any requests. But it's been bad enough not being able to dry washing out for weeks now because of her build and now I'm left with all this. angry

AesopsMables Tue 18-Aug-15 18:12:29

You can ask them but doubt they will take it seriously until they have finished, saying that you have every right to ask for these things to be carried out.

Any reason why you did not offer to let them have access from your side? This may have caused them to work slower/more complicated way so they no doubt are feeling justified in any inconvenience you are experiencing.

Why not cover your drain grill fully with a large piece of wood?

TheReluctantCountess Tue 18-Aug-15 18:17:27

The builders should make it right when they have finished. Can you speak to them directly rather than your neighbour?

wowfudge Tue 18-Aug-15 18:17:36

Have to say OP I wouldn't have let them carry out work from my side either - never mind the mess you have now, your garden would become part of the building site with people and materials traipsing and being carried through.

stripytees Tue 18-Aug-15 18:25:17

wowfudge that was my reason too. Although actually I did say to them if they needed it for building the wall we could agree on access for a few days, but not a free for all for 6 weeks. They never asked though.

The worst dust is from the roof tiles they're now installing.

Happy to speak to the builders directly, I just don't know what to expect? They haven't been tidy in general, on several days they left the pavement out front covered in broken glass. angry

And the skip is in front of my house instead of hers...

sebsmummy1 Tue 18-Aug-15 18:25:48

We've just had the fascias, soffits and down pipes replaced on our property and the workmen needed to place their ladder on our neighbours property. They are funny buggers and were reluctant but fortunately did ok it in the end. I rang DP and he said that it is in the deeds that you have up allow access for works to be carried out on a neighbouring property, so I'm not sure it's correct to say that you could have denied the access they have needed.

As for the windows and concrete cleaning. If they were the kind of neighbours who cared about keeping good relations I would say you are not being unreasonable. However it sounds as though they are not interested so I would be amazed if they were open to rectifying your dust issues.

stripytees Tue 18-Aug-15 18:29:56

sebsmummy I looked into it and access for maintenance is different from 6-8 week access to build an extension. I did say they could do it at a pre-arranged time for a few days but they never seemed interested again.

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