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Thomas, Solicitor
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A neighbour has complained that we have a washing line from

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A neighbour has complained that we have a washing line from our house to the external garage going diagonally. Her contention is that the freehold forbids this.

after 21 years she has objected to seeing "pants" from her front window.

Thanks for your question.

What does she mean when she says that the freehold forbids it? Is there a restrictive covenant on the registered title preventing displaying a clothing line in this way?

Kind regards,

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Not that I am aware of


So, what is her her legal argument that it should be removed?

Is it solely attached to property that you own?

Kind regards,

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Yes it is on my property only going across my driveway to the rear garage


I'm atruggling to see what her legal argument is, what does she say her legal argument is?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

She says "I believe if you look at the freehold I am sure you are not allowed"


Thanks for your reply.

If the line is tied at both ends to freehold property that you own, then she has no legal argument on this front.

The only way that she could - in theory - restrain you from hanging the line/clothes is if there was a restrictive covenant on you registered title stating that you could not do this AND if the covenant was stated as being for benefit of owners of adjoining properties.

Even if this was the case, she would still not be able to do anything about it unless she applied to court for an injunction relying on the covenant. This seems unlikely since there is no legal aid for matters like this and she would have to pay a soliicitor to do it for her.

If there is no such covenant then she cannot do anything about it, no question.

Kind regards

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you very much

You're welcome..