I have a situ where we are attempting to sell and move house and the
next door neighbour has threatened a boundary dispute over an overhang
of 2 inches of the guttering and the corner of the roof of our
The house is ex-local authority and the gardens go off at 80 degree
angles - so when we built the extension, we built off at 90 degrees -
as you would - up to (and not touching) their wall by asking their
permission first and with no objections from them.
Try to imagine our extension as a square and their wall running to left
side of it at a "one o clock angle". So our top left corner just
overhangs their wall (so to speak).
This was built three years ago!
Now, when we decide to move, this potential dispute has reared it's
Would the fact that 3 years has gone by hold any weight that this is a
silly excuse to block us moving. Or should we be really concerned - we
wanna move! (I'd thought they would be glad to see the back of us!)
Their excuse to us is that they want to build an extension too - using
the whole garden width (building off at the 80 degree angle - can you
even do that?). So they say they would knock down their wall and then
rebuild it double-skinned as their extension wall - so our overhang
would prevent that plan. (Surely they can't lay those kind of
foundations so close the the boundary)
I'll admit, we haven't exactly been getting on with them over the last
two years and they have had petty issues against us with in the past
(e.g. environmental noise issues that - after talking to the
environmental health office - we were told that they were petty and
should be ignored. The Env Health told them to get knotted - in so
many words) .
So this feels like another different attempt to get at us.
We are all on speaking terms (but only just!)
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.