One wall of my (newish) house [30 year old] forms the boundary with
my neighbour - his house was built at the same time (approx) - the
side of our house forms the bottom boundary of his garden.
Our house is the boundary, we cannot gain access to that wall from
our property. I know that there may be rules that govern how close
to a boundary one may build but if the house bulder contravened
them when he built the estate then so be it, this is the situation now
Our neighbour planted an ivy and a russian vine several years ago
[before we bought the house] to 'hide' the wall I guess. These have
climbed up the wall of our house and have now reached the apex
and extended onto our roof. I am concerned that these strong and
invasive plants may dislodge roof tiles and cause all sorts of damage.
I guess they may have alkready caused damage to our wall....
What is the legal position here?
a) Can I demand access to his garden and remove the plants?
b) Can I ask him to remove them (at his cost) ?
c) Is he liable for damage to my house?
I guess I should seek professional legal advice, but some
commonsense/previous experience based response would be