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My neighbour want to sue me for trellis that has fallen down

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my neighbour want to sue me for trellis that has fallen down on my side of the fence due to strong wind a couple of days ago. he wants to sue me beacuse it is an eye sore for him. i have not been in the country, nor am i in the country when he presented me with this issue. i assureed him already that i will see to this matter. does he have a case?
Submitted: 10 days ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  F E Smith replied 10 days ago.

Thank you for your question - how has he told you of his intention and are you back in UK now?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
im not in the uk yet. he sent me an email on tuesday 13/06/17 with a picture and urgue me to fix it promptly. i wrote an polite email that i am away for bussiness and will fix the problem as soon as i get home, and asked him for his patience. on 16/06/17, i got another email with another photo. and he has told me to fix it fast or he will ask for legal advice
Expert:  F E Smith replied 10 days ago.

If this is your trellis and provided it hasn’t caused any damage, then you are entitled to let it fall to rack and ruin (unless the property is leasehold and there is a covenant to repair the trellis which seems unlikely).

It may be an eyesore but that’s unfortunate for him. He shouldn’t look at it! There is plenty of case law which says that there is no right to a view.

If the trellis has damaged his plants or whatever, he may be entitled to compensation for that and the cost of removing the trellis although the cost of taking it to court and the risk is going to be totally disproportionate to the cost of him simply picking it up, throwing it over the fence (he is not entitled to dispose of it or keep it) to you and replacing the few broken plants.

My suggestion would be to email him back to tell him that you have taken legal advice and that in the circumstances, you no longer want the trellis in place and you have decided not to replace it. You can tell him that if he doesn’t like it, you don’t mind if he removes it at his own expense.

You can tell him to take legal advice as you have done.

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