Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

again, you may be able to seek com­pen­sa­tion from your sur­veyor. But the ven­dor is un­der no obli­ga­tion to try to put you off buy­ing his or her prop­erty.


WE are in dis­pute with a build­ing firm that has been putting up an ex­ten­sion. We are with­hold­ing the fi­nal pay­ment af­ter their se­cond visit still failed to fix a slop­ing floor, a badly-fit­ted kitchen, un­even brick work and bro­ken roof tiles. Can we claim breach of con­tract? IF you fail to make the fi­nal pay­ment the build­ing firm would have to sue you for their money. If you can prove that they failed to do an ad­e­quate job (with pho­tos and the like) you may win the case.

If you get an­other firm in to fin­ish the job off, and the cost comes to more than you owe the first firm, you could, in turn, sue them for the bal­ance.

You should prob­a­bly give them one more op­por­tu­nity to com­plete the job within, say, a month, be­fore go­ing else­where – and warn them in writ­ing of your in­ten­tions. But don’t pay them un­til you are sat­is­fied. THERE used to be a lane run­ning along the back of the ter­raced houses in our road. About eight years ago some of the res­i­dents got to­gether and closed off two of the three en­trances, with the ma­jor­ity of the res­i­dents buy­ing ‘their’ bit of the lane. Sub­se­quently the middle en­trance was closed, but now some­one who’s re­cently moved in wants it re­opened. Can they do this? IT sounds as though the first two en­trances were closed off by le­gal agree­ment, but the middle one by an in­for­mal ar­range­ment.

All the res­i­dents on this part of the lane would have to agree to sign away their right to use it in

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