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On what basis is the £792 owing please, just because of the alleged damage? How is it quantified?
labour and plant costs £325.00
8Yd skip £417.60
Shed 9estimate) £50.00
Is the ivy yours?
No, it is not something I planted. it has always been growing there, ever since I first moved into the house of 35 years ago..
Is it from your land though?
As far as I know, it has been growing on both sides of the fence, so I am not sure where it started originally from. A few years ago the neighbour's garden was completely overgrown, and some men spent days clearing it out, cutting down the ivy, trees and bushes, etc. but since then it was just neglected.
I have no idea why he is blaming me. Easy money to clear up the mess, I suppose.I have no idea what is growing over his side of the fence
First you should reply back (if you want to) and say that you deny it and if he does take you to Court you will defend it and seek the costs of doing so against him.
Then if he does issue proceedings he is on notice.
He would have to show not only it came from your land but that you were negligent.
Given it has been there for 35 years and he (I assume) has chosen not to do anything about it I can not see how it is your fault.
Do not bow to the pressure and just make sure your side is tiday.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?