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Argument with neighbour over refurbishments

  • 17-06-2022 11:26am
    Registered Users Posts: 6,271 ✭✭✭ Red Silurian

    So a friend of mine bought a house recently and as you should do he got a survey carried out before signing contracts. One of the things on the list of tings to fix was a chimney stack shared with his neighbour. A full rebuild of it is needed of which he has been quoted in the region of 2.5k-3k to get done

    His understanding is that the owner of the house next door would pay 50% and he would pay 50%. However the house next door is a council house and the council want their "framework" contractor to do it for about 8k-10k as the council want extra paperwork and scaffolding and many other things. The council are also sitting on their hands for the last 3 months

    What is the right course of action? My suggestion is that he should pay no more than half of what he was quoted from the councils non-framework supplier and let the council pay the rest as they are the ones insisting on the extra costs