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frequently asked questions
My neighbour's garden wall is leaning and I am concerned that it might be dangerous - can the council do anything about it?
Yes. Building Control can visit to check whether a structure is dangerous. If the surveyor considers the structure to be immediately dangerous the owner can be required to make the situation safe. If this is not possible, the council may undertake work to remove the danger. The owner of a property will be recharged for any work carried out.
If the structure is not immediately dangerous, the council can seek a court order for the work to be carried out within a specified time. Failure to comply with the order can result in the council undertaking the work and recharging its costs to the owner. If you're in doubt, please refer to Building Control.
I've got dampness coming into my house since the adjoining property was demolished - is there anything the council can do?
Yes. If a building is demolished, the person undertaking the demolition should weatherproof any exposed areas of an adjacent building affected by the demolition. The council would serve notice on the contractor to adhere to certain conditions including the weatherproofing of exposed elements.