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Old 16th April 2016, 09:56   #1 (permalink)
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Advice needed ,our neighbour below us built a canopy from our balcony over his .This gives easy access for intruders to walk on and on to our balcony . What rights do we have to have this removed .Our concerns are with increase of the Syrian refugee situation and there desperation.our balcony is fully shuttered while we are away ,but we don,t want to have to pull them up and down every time we go out . The neighbour also put his aircon unit on our wall just below the front window ,since then we have had damp problem. Did ask the same question on another forum but got no feed back . What can we do, and have we the right to have these removed by either contacting the council or either a private builder .Thank you
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First I would have a quiet word in his ear, if the canopy and aircon unit are attached to your premises ie Walls Im sure you could have them removed.Failing that I would make life very uncomfortable for them when they were under the said canopy.Has for damp from the aircon not sure why there is any,as units are a few inches from the wall but they may not have sealed the holes for the holding brackets properly and rain has got in so thats down to them to sort that problem out,is your neighbor Turkish BTW.

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Yes he is Turkish and we do get on ,unfortunately we are both fluent in different languages . He did ask our permission to put a canopy up but we had no idea it's construction was going to be something that you put in a allotment. . And yes I do think the fixings on air con are where the water is entering.Thank you for your reply.
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How very inconsiderate of your neighbour !! It can't be acceptable surely, to attach their air-con unit to your wall, neither is it right to have their awning covering your balcony. What a problem, as you do not want to fall out with your neighbours as they could make life very unpleasant for you. Good luck and let us know how you resolve the problem.
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No we don,t want to fall out with them, not that we socialise with them it just a good morning and the like. But its not an awning its the corrugated asbestos stuck to the front of our balcony and silicone sealant smudged across the join .unfortunately no photos to show . It's a total mess . If all else fails we will photograph it and approach the council to see if it can be removed as an illegal build ,as a few years ago they did have a purge on the likes of this .The cause of the problem is he extended his patio and built a small retaining wall so it's forward of the main building. His apartment is below ground level so when it rains the water builds up in patio and floods his apartment. The solution is take the wall down put patio where it was designed to go and put a screen up to keep the rain out as most owners in the same situation have done .
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Sorry I don't have a clear idea of your problem, might be an idea if you took a pic and posted then more accurate advice could be given.
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Unfortunately no photos and not out until June ,which w e hope to get sorted one way or another. The question is has he the right to put his appliances or a building structure or anything else on our property.
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The question is has he the right to put his appliances or a building structure or anything else on our property.

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2 Years ago a guy on the 3rd floor put a sat dish on the flat roof of our block.He drilled 5 holes in the roof to secure it.It was over our kitchen area so I told him he had 1 hr to move it and seal the holes or the Police or Zabita would be called.It was gone in less time it took him to install it.

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I hope you can solve this problem. Your neighbour obviously doesn't think there is a problem, but he needs to be made aware of this. Including your concerns about your security.

Reference dishes: not Turkey, but here in the UK. The house opposite us is divided into two flats. The people downstairs have put up 3 huge dishes on the wall between the downstairs and upstairs front windows. The result is that the upstairs windows (which tilt outwards from the top hinge) cannot be opened, as the dishes are in the way. The girl who lives upstairs and who is a single mum to two, was not consulted. The windows face south, so in the summer she used to open the windows for ventilation. Now she can't. The people downstairs are not interested in this at all. All very difficult. The flats are rented. How do you approach problems like this and still keep the peace? Her landlord doesn't want to know either. The brackets for these dishes are fixed more into her "half" of the wall than that of the downstairs flat.

Why do people, like the OP's neighbours, think that they can just do what they like? Particularly as they probably were not there when this work was carried out. Checking for building permission and exceeding the building line are a good start. Does Turkey have any restrictions on materials used? From what I have seen, probably not, unless all the structures are put up illegally.

However this ends up, there is going to be bad feeling, which is not good when you are not there to see what, if anything, happens next.

Please, keep us informed of what happens here. I am sure the outcome will be interesting for others in maybe similar positions.

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Trevor these are the answers I am looking for,you sorted your problem with the threat of he council .Has any had to go that step further and actually contacted the council and if so was it resolved .
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