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I live in a semi-detached house with a shared chimney stack.

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I live in a semi-detached house with a shared chimney stack. The neighbours installed a wood burning stove when they moved in a couple of years ago and now my living room is filled with the smell of burning wood on winter evenings. It's really very unpleasant - what are my options to prevent my home being polluted with this smell?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  LondonlawyerJ replied 1 year ago.
Hello,I am solicitor with 20 years experience. I will try to answer this for you.
Have you spoken to your neighbours about this?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No - they have a history of being difficult, so not easy to raise with them.
Expert:  LondonlawyerJ replied 1 year ago.
I think you need to do so. IT is not just the smell there may be dangerous flu gasses coming into your house and before thinking about any sort of enforcement you need to talk to them. If you have a fire it might be that the gasses are going both ways and it may be dangerous for them too.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have a fireplace but haven't used it for many years - since before they installed the burner.
Is it reasonable if I ask them to stop using the burner until they have resolved whatever issue is causing the fumes to come into my living room?
Expert:  LondonlawyerJ replied 1 year ago.
I think you should just tell him about the problem and maybe suggest you both get someone round to inspect the chimney. Maybe contact a local chimney sweep first to see if they can recommend someone and get a quote.

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