Cracks in neighbouring garage

8 Feb 2011
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United Kingdom
We had our garage demolished last autumn. Our garage and neighbours garage were stood next to each other. Neighbour was concerned that removing our garage would cause problems with theirs so we left the nearest wall standing in order to support theirs (builder discovered theirs was only single layer of bricks with no supporting pillars). Neighbours garage stayed intact.

After xmas we had a new garage built to the side of our house (in front of previous garage). Along wit this work we had a wall removed from the end of our house (old coalhouse) and had it rebuilt to conform with current building regs (double skin and insulated).

Unknown to me, last week the neighbours asked our builder to patch up some cracks in their garage whilst he was rendering our property. They are now unhappy because colour of the render doesn't match the existing. They feel that the cracks have appeared because of our building work. Our builder suggests the cracks have appeared because of the cold weather. Neighbours wooden doors also will not close which they feel is due to movement from our garage coming down. We feel (based on our wooden french doors not closing without a big kick) that this is because of the wet winter.

They want their render stripped back and relaid again which I will do if the cracks are our fault. Can anyone offer an opinion on whether they feel the cracks are likely to be due to our building works or weather. What wold you do to resolve this matter?
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It's their garage and their problem.
Not very neighbourly. We're getting quotes to get it re-rendered but we're not doing anything about the doors because this is most likely to be due to the weather.

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