Have neighbours the right to use the drains on my property ?

Joined
28 Sep 2007
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
Location
Aberdeenshire
Country
United Kingdom
Hi, my downstairs wc drain was blocked so the plumber lifted the manhole cover which is by my livingroom patio and discover that nearly 2 years ago the next door neighbours (who changed their kitchen around and built a conservatory while I was away on holiday and accessed my land to do so without my permission) have taken the kitchen sink pipe from their wall, fed it under my land and installed the waste pipe into the brickwork under the manhole to feed into the main waste drain which leads down the side of my house to the main drain in the road. They did not ask permission to do so. The vertical pipe leading from the sink must be installed within their brick wall as it does not appear outside the wall. Their sink was on the opposite wall to which, I assume, their wc/bathroom waste pipe goes under their house. They have no side access to their house. I am concerned that if any waste from their drain blocks the main drain I will have to pay for it. Do they have the right to use my drain ? Thank you.
 
Sponsored Links
Joined
6 May 2007
Messages
685
Reaction score
32
Location
Lincolnshire
Country
United Kingdom
I would say that they definitely should have asked you, so basically you have a 40mm waste appearing somewhere in your chamber, I guess near the top ? If you want to fall out with then bung it up with something and wait and see if they approach you :evil:
An external buried waste pipe less than 100mm diameter contravenes building regs BTW and strictly speaking these works required building regs approval if we are being picky :LOL:
 
Joined
27 Apr 2008
Messages
9,027
Reaction score
779
Country
United Kingdom
Block it and give them a bill for the previous use, only unblock it on payment received.
Present them the bill for the next years use of your drain :)
 
Joined
12 Jul 2004
Messages
20,140
Reaction score
1,889
Location
Surrey
Country
United Kingdom
it could work in your favour??

if you are the only one using a drain its your responcibility
if its a shared then its the water companies responsibility for repair renewal or unblocking
 
Sponsored Links
Joined
6 Sep 2008
Messages
2,334
Reaction score
257
Country
United Kingdom
it could work in your favour??

if you are the only one using a drain its your responcibility
if its a shared then its the water companies responsibility for repair renewal or unblocking

Though, only the bitt between the manhole and the main sewer.. The bit from manhole to your house is private
 
Joined
27 Apr 2008
Messages
9,027
Reaction score
779
Country
United Kingdom
A bonus for you but I'd still bill the neighbors, they saved a considerable amount of money using your drain without permission.

A pay up or remove it notice is IMO in order.
 

DIYnot Local

Staff member

If you need to find a tradesperson to get your job done, please try our local search below, or if you are doing it yourself you can find suppliers local to you.

Select the supplier or trade you require, enter your location to begin your search.


Are you a trade or supplier? You can create your listing free at DIYnot Local

 
Top