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Macclesfield Express - - HOMES -

bours are selling up they’re un­likely to be in­ter­ested in spend­ing any money on the prop­erty, but you could threaten to take out an in­junc­tion pre­vent­ing the sale of the house un­til the re­pairs are com­pleted.

They would have to dis­close any dis­pute with neigh­bours dur­ing the process of selling the prop­erty, so that might prompt them into ac­tion.

The coun­cil also has pow­ers to deal with such ‘statu­tory nui­sances’ un­der the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Act. Speak to a so­lic­i­tor about your op­tions quickly if you want to do some­thing about this be­fore the cur­rent owner sells the prop­erty.

HOME SAFETY

Q. Do peo­ple have the same re­spon­si­bil­ity to pre­vent ac­ci­dents in their homes as they do at work? I know there are all sorts of rules and reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing safety in shops and fac­to­ries. My son came home with a large bruise on his head af­ter they’d ap­par­ently been slid­ing on a pol­ished floor at a friend’s house. Aren’t par­ents obliged to en­sure the safety of chil­dren they’re sup­posed to be look­ing af­ter?

A. Par­ents aren’t held to blame for ne­glect­ing the safety of their chil­dren and oth­ers in the same way as an em­ployer in a shop or fac­tory. Shops and fac­to­ries are more po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous places so stricter laws ap­ply. Ob­vi­ously par­ents are obliged to en­sure the safety of any visi­tor to their home but if your son is over ten years old, he would be con­sid­ered to be re­spon­si­ble for his ac­tions. As it is only a bruise, do you want to claim against your son’s friend’s par­ents?

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