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The engineer, the architect, the builder or a combination of them may not have done this right. You will need to employ a structural engineer to get a report expressing an opinion on this. If it is a design fault then the architect or engineer could be at fault. If it is the build then it will be the builder and possibly the others depending on whether the contract was a supervised one or not. You are not a party to the contract and it would be useful to find out what the contractual position was. There is also a concept of implied warranty which in the case of a builder has been held to be 10 years as well as collateral warranties, often granted by professionals to give third parties not party to the contract, rights under the contract.
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Whether the warranty extends to you as a subsequent purchaser depends on the wording of the warranty and you need to see it. As regards ***** ***** the neighbour may be correct unless there is something in the title deeds that allows a right of support. I think you need an independent structural report although it will be interesting to see what the original engineer says.