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No I have not offered money to my neighbour but it was proposed by my former solicitors but I see no reason to do so as I did not install the pipes or soakaway. It is not only my water but all the five houses in my cul de sac that flow into it. However their water has to first pass over my land before it goes into the new soakaway in the neighbours field.
Therefore former owners have had no problem in selling. Also the builder and estate agent seem to have had a hand in the resell each time as is the same in my case.
I have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds. Two and a half years at between £1,500 and £2,000 per month. I asked for an exact figures some time ago but my solicitor said it would not be easy to determine as he had dealt with other matters as well.
How do I achieve a timeline on getting my neighbour to sign the easement. If I agree to pay the neighbours costs can I claim them back from the builder who created this problem in the first place?
It wasn't made clear to me until the end of two nearly three year period that it was my neighbour along with the builder who needed to sign the easement document. The then solicitor wanted me to pay up to £20,000 for the easement.
I had two drain reports undertaken and they stated that my drains were connected directly to the highway and not the soakaway in the rear field. That is why I thought I could finally sell. The estate agent informed me that the builder still insisted that I am connected to the new soakaway. Therefore any purchaser of my property would not get a mortgage without this easement. The neighbour and the builder were originally friends and have since fallen out. It maybe that I am not connected and that is why she never asked the builder to remove the pipes. I have asked for my file from my former solicitors which I didn't know I was entitled to so thank you. I have left a message for my neighbour to call to see why she didn't ask the builder to remove the pipes. Again thank you. I first went into my solicitor on the 16 October 2009 to see if I had the right to sell given the information from the builder that he had connected my pipes to my neighbours. I didn't have this date in mind and again I thank you because I realise I must decide to move on this matter with some urgency. My house I believe is worth over a million (I paid £820,000 in 2005). I was willing to accept £900,000 if they let me go. I have been a widow since 2003 bringing up an autistic daughter and a son with ME. I have spent at least the past five years living in a paper hell. I thank you so much for your advice today.