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  • You'll struggle to force them to pay for it, this has a severe falling out on the cards.

  • Ours say nothing about any boundary, and the plan (attached) doesn't specify anything very clearly.

    First time buyers so were quite naive going into it, and had a shit solicitor who didn't offer much guidance.


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  • If it is solely our wall then we'll be more than happy to pay for it to be fixed, but we just don't want to get railroaded into something that should either have been their responsibility or a shared responsibility.

    Edit: 'more than happy' probably overselling it a bit.

  • Ringwood/New Forest isn't likely to be cheap either to be fair.

  • That's the Land Registry plan. To find out whose responsibility it is to maintain the wall you'd need the original transfer/conveyance from when the house was first sold. If it's still available.

  • Ah. House is over 100 years old so not sure it will exist. Where would that be, if it does exist?

    Is there any point getting the title plan for next door, to see if there's anything on there?

  • Ah. House is over 100 years old so not sure it will exist. Where would that be, if it does exist?

    If it exists it should be with the documents you received when you bought the house. Given the age of the house it may well not though.

    Is there any point getting the title plan for next door, to see if there's anything on there?

    Wouldn't hurt, but it's unlikely to shed any light on the position if there are no T-marks shown on your title plan.

  • When we bought our house the seller filled in a questionnaire telling us we were responsible for left side fence. A couple of weeks later our new neighbours from the left side let us know they were fitting a new fence. We may be in a situation, being end of terrace, that we aren't responsible for either side..

  • Same here and we have the conveyance from when they were sold off by the local hospital board stating that all shared walls are party walls (and as such shared responsibility). Not sure if that applies to garden walls but it makes sense that it does as they're 1' thick and straddle the dividing line of the properties. Forcing someone to pay their half will involve surveyors and solicitors, it would be easier and probably cheaper to just get it done. If you really want to get them back build it in breeze blocks with some attractive brick slips on your side only (or cladding of your choice).

  • The greedy cunts have obviously jumped on the bankwagon of the other one selling for top money on the same road. Shame really.

  • I did enjoy telling the agent that it was a dump and we had no intention of offering on it, let alone anywhere near £925k.

  • Call them back an hour later and offer £750k.

  • I remember telling an agent that once (albeit nowhere near £925k) and they asked me to make a low bid on what I thought it was worth as they were unable to convince the owners that they'd hugely overpriced it.

  • The sad thing is the place will probably go for £50k over asking.

  • Internal asbestos in a 1950s home: The ceilings look like they've been covered in woodchip paper. Is this a concern? It's in good condition and the reading around that I've done suggests that removing it is a non-specialised job i.e., if it comes off in sheets it can just be steamed off as normal by a general builder.

    Beyond that is there anything in normal house construction that's worth scrutinising? Our surveyor didn't note anything other than the ceilings, but can general plaster or plasterboard be a concern, just because it's from that era?

  • It could be textured paint, which can contain asbestos. We thought we had woodchip paper, was textured paint with asbestos in. Had it skimmed over along with artex ceilings.

  • Yes it probably will.

    We are close to fucking the whole trying to find a new house in e11 or e12 off to be honest.

    We viewed one actually pretty near to the one you viewed with the same agent (St Margarets road). The agent gave me a load of old flannel about the market softening and what a great position we were in, and how the sellers were ethical people who had priced it fairly.

    We offered 820 initially then went to 840 best and finals, and then the cunt was on the phone trying to pump us for more saying a cash buyer was prepared to offer significantly more.

    I told her there was very little for us to discuss in those circumstances and told her she best call her cash buyer back.

    The whole market seems to me to be completely out of control.

  • Was that the three bed with the white front? It looked like it had a fair bit of potential, but yeah Petty Son and Prestwich are bandits.

  • Yes that was it. Was on the small side but had potential. Fuck it all and fuck petty son and Prestwich and the stow brothers.

  • Load of old flannel

    Did lol

  • Yes, I've heard that but I'm pretty sure that it is woodchip due to the pattern of the texture, the little fingernail-able cavities around the chips and the slightly dry hollow sound of them when tapped. It even has visible lines where the roles were laid side-by-side. That said I've read that even woodchip paper can have asbestos in it.

    More worryingly people also mention asbestos in plaster and plasterboard. How the fuck does anyone do any work on anywhere that was built before the 80s if even basic plaster walls can have asbestos in them?


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  • How the fuck does anyone do any work on anywhere that was built before the 80s if even basic plaster walls can have asbestos in them?

    Ignorance is bliss. One plasterer was adamant we needed to scrape the artex off before skimming, despite the fact it had tested postive for asbestos.

  • How the fuck does anyone do any work on anywhere that was built before the 80s if even basic plaster walls can have asbestos in them?

    Plenty of other things that'll kill you sooner than a light sprinkling of white asbestos embedded in plaster. Booze, fags, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle being the top four.

    Edit: Forgot road traffic collisions and suicide. Top six.

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