An­gela Brown

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - GO­ING UN­DER­GROUND TI­TLE FIGHT

Daniels LLP Solic­i­tors I OWN a very old prop­erty and in my back gar­den are two drains that be­long to the house next door. The drains keep get­ting blocked. I have been main­tain­ing them be­cause of the ef­fect on my prop­erty, but I would like to know who is in fact re­spon­si­ble for their up­keep. Can the owner of the drains come into my gar­den with­out my per­mis­sion to ser­vice them? IF you’re lucky your ti­tle deeds will show where the drains run and what sort of ac­cess to them your neigh­bour has. But ti­tle deeds to older prop­er­ties are rarely so in­for­ma­tive. Main­te­nance of the drain will prob­a­bly be your neigh­bour’s re­spon­si­bil­ity, though he will have to ask your per­mis­sion to come on to your land (ex­cept in the case of emer­gency). Dis­cuss this with your neigh­bour; you could al­ways threaten to send A NEW firm has taken over my ground rent and is threat­en­ing to take me to court over the £8.64 I owe. At the same time the firm is of­fer­ing to sell me the ti­tle to the free­hold for £250 plus £150 le­gal fees. I thought the go­ing rate was eight times the an­nual rent plus fees. THE pur­chase price of the free­hold is ne­go­tiable, but to work out its true value you would prob­a­bly have to en­list pro­fes­sional help. This would prob­a­bly cost more than the £400 the firm is ask­ing for, so I sug­gest you dis­cuss the of­fer with a so­lic­i­tor who would carry out the con­veyanc­ing work for MY father is looked af­ter by my mother with the help of two care work­ers, but we feel that So­cial Ser­vices are putting pres­sure on my father to go into a care home. We have pointed out that his sav­ings wouldn’t last long if he went into care and ul­ti­mately his house could be lost. WHERE your father’s care is pro­vided should be based on an as­sess­ment of his needs, car­ried out by So­cial Ser­vices. Get an in­de­pen­dent opin­ion from your father’s GP on

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