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Neighbour Blocked Off Our Drainage

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billyjo

Posted 26 June 2014 - 03:29 PM

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Our property is on a slightly higher level than nfh's.  The excess rainwater in our back garden flows onto nfh's property.  Nfh has now put bricks in the gaps to prevent excess water flowing onto their property leaving our property at risk of flooding.  We have contacted the council who informed us nfh is now a private tenant and they are waiting for advice to see what can be done.  Does anyone have any idea of what my options are?

 

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Geoman

Posted 26 June 2014 - 05:01 PM

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I don't know if any action can be taken against your neighbour. If you have legal cover with your house insurance you could get some advice or maybe speak with the CAB.

 

The other option is probably to add some form of drainage to your garden. A soakaway or similar to store the excess water and allow it to seep away over time. It might be hard work but it's probably a lot cheaper and less stressful than having a legal fight with your neighbour.

 

I dug a very rough and ready soakaway under a particularly wet area of our garden when I built a play area. It's working very well so far. 



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billyjo

Posted 03 July 2014 - 12:56 PM

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Thanks for the reply Geoman.

 

I reported the neighbour blocking the drainage to the environmental health a few days ago.  One of their officers came out today to look at the drainage and he confirmed the drain on nfh's side of the property is shared drainage for both our homes.  He went around to nfh's property and informed her she cannot block our drainage.