Yes, my builder put on a new roof and the neighbour is not happy with the way his and my roof join. Neither roof leaks, despite record wind and rain, but he is demanding a new roof!
So, is it the builder, or me who is in dispute with the neighbour? I've taken no part in the renovations, which were done on a fixed price in my absence
Thank you very much, I appreciate it, but what if the builder refuses to be 'brought in' and the neighbour refuses to address the builder? The neighbour and the builder fell out big time and the builder will now have nothing to do with the neighbour.
by some finger trouble mistake the question appears to be open to 'more legal experts, this was not my intention, I'm happy with you.
If what you say is Correct Joc.that's the best £11 I ever spent!
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Hi Jo C
You have been very helpful, thank you.
But, to get this clear, there is a procedure, whereby I can add the builder in after I have received a summons?
I contacted the roofing company and they responded, below. Am I sunk?
'We have tried to help you out as much as possible on this issue by sending reports, photos and spending a considerable amount of time answering questions at a time when we are most busy.
I do not wish to be obstructive on this issue on the contrary I have tried to be as helpful as possible.
Having read the contents of your correspondence I have just contacted my solicitor who advises me to respond with the following, this work was carried out when B and C Roofing operated as a sole trader.
B and C Roofing when acting as sole traders ceased trading and B and C Roofing Ltd was formed when the company became incorporated.
B and C Roofing Ltd therefore have no legal obligation to instruct Applecliffe to carry out this survey or deal with any issues which arise as a direct result of it as it was not B and C Roofing Ltd who carried out works on this project.
My solicitor also advises me B and C Roofing were acting as subcontractors on this property and were working on the instructions of Simon Richardson who operated as the principle contractor so it should be Mr Richardson you need to contact regarding this issue not us.
We will assist with further documentary evidence if needed but B and C Roofing Ltd will not incur any expense as a direct result of this project.'
It appears he's saying that he's no longer trading as the same entity
B and C Roofing when acting as sole traders ceased trading and B and C Roofing Ltd was formed when the company became a limited company since. I see a hint of maybe went bust?.
I've been asking on behalf of my daughter actually, I've been trying to take the strain out of it for her. It turns out that she has legal expense insurance for Neighbour disputes on her household policy. Knowing insurance companies, I'm not holding my breath!
I can't find any references on google to the use of legal expenses to defend against a neighbour's claim in these circumstances. is it normal? I know it will depend on policy wording, but have you heard of it?