WHILE you can get flat-pack extensions, just as you can get flat-pack homes, most extensions MY father has one of two houses either side of a private road. The houses own the road, which is also used by offices at the far end. A contractor has just started to build two houses near the offices, and has damaged a metal post that protects the corner of my fathers property. Does the contractor need permission to use the road and what can we do to het them to repair the damage? YOUR father should show his title deeds to a solicitor to find out more about the ownership of the road. If his house is registered and Land Registry the deeds should be available online. They should show what permission has been granted to the offices to use the road. Presumably they will share responsibility for its upkeep. It’s unlikely that the builder would have started construction without first ensuring that he has a legal right of way to the new properties, but stranger things have happened. Your father should ask the contractor to repair the damage, but if all else fails sue for compensation in the small claims court. I HAVE had a bill from the builder of my house for two year’s ground rent. Last year I wrote to him asking for a number of ‘finishing-off’ jobs to be done. He didn’t reply, so I’m wondering if I can withhold the ground rent until the work’s been done. THERE’S no connection between the money you owe in the ground rent and the repairs that need doing, to the extent that the builder, in his capacity as ground rent owner, is not responsible for the repairs to your house. He may be able to start proceedings to recover the rent, in which case you may be responsible for any legal costs incurred. I suggest you pay your ground rent and warn him that if he fails to carry out the repairs you will sue him for the cost of getting them done. THERE are a number of large trees at the bottom of our garden, most of which are dead. The trees aren’t actually on our land, but is there anyway we can make the owners cut them down before the are blown down and damage our property. THE council has a statutory duty to ensure that trees don’t endanger people or property. You can notify the council about any tree you think is in a dangerous condition, whether on public or private land. The council must by law trace the owners and give them 21 days in which to take action. If necessary the council can then make the tree safe and send the bill to the owner.
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