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« on: April 03, 2020, 07:09:13 PM »

Good Evening people, Here's a funny one, maybe some of you have had similar experiencies? Tennents recently left, not under great circumstancies, but that is another story. Anyway, recently I received a phone call from my adjacent neighbour claiming the tennents had vandalised the garden fence between our two properties and he is holding me responsible, he's going to get 3 quotes and he expects me to pay the account he chooses. I'm bogsmacked he thinks I am responsible for a third parties action, but to be honest, nothing would surprise me these days. One other point of interest is that the neighbour is responsible for the fence, not me, according to the deeds. Has anybody else had a similar experience? Good luck all and stay safe.  Andrew
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2020, 07:42:52 PM »

I think that morally you could be held responsible for at least some of the  cost, as you own the property. That said,if it is his fence he may be able to claim on insurance.I assume you inspected when the tenant left,so was the fence damaged,and did you claim from the deposit ?
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2020, 09:00:36 PM »

Ask them whether they had report the criminal damage to the police, and if not why not. Then tell them to sue your ex-tenant for the damages.
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2020, 10:19:45 AM »

The Deeds are the final say, in anything. You don't even need to engage at all if the Deeds back you up.

However... your / the naughty neighbour could make it their personal project to make it hard for you to re-let the property... or maintain lets... it's wise to be thoughtful because once a relationship, of any kind, is destroyed it's kinda hard to recover.

Why this neighbour has the ability to phone you up is another question entirely... none of my let properties have neighbours who have the ability to "phone me up"... or email me or write me a letter. Seems, to me, like you might already be in too deep.
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2020, 11:03:46 AM »

Good morning everybody, and thank you for taking the time to reply, to answer a couple of points, as I said the tennents were not the best, although they were in my house for 5 years and left back in November. The neighbour had my number from before when we used to live in the house ourselves, not in deep at the moment as it has only been 1 conversation as I highlighted, which was about a week ago. Now he, the neighbout, is not answering my calls. He hasn't contacted the police so I think he's trying it on, it is possible the fence was damaged in the bad storms we had back end of the year and he has used the tennents as a ploy to get me to pay. But on the 'moral' issue, I don't see how I should be held accountable for others actions, are parents of criminals responsible for thier adult offsprings actions? It's a difficult one, because if I am responsible then I'll pay up, but I don't think I should be bullied into paying for something which I am not responsible. I think I'll have to get a solicitor to look into this for me. On another note, we do not intend to re let the property, I think we will sell it, whenever that will be possible. Once angain, thank yo ufor your replies and stay safe.  Andrew
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2020, 08:42:44 AM »

Maybe he's ignoring your calls because he knows it's not your problem...

I wouldn't bother with a solicitor, just money wasted that could have been donated to the fence fund anyway...if you give a hoot about the neighbour..

A conversation would be helpful, but if he won't talk to you just walk away and move on.. a broken fence isn't the best selling point though.

You might want to get quotes of your own, for comparison..

Good luck with the sale.
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2020, 10:51:47 AM »

If the neighbor has evidence your previous tenants damaged his property, he should call the police (and should have immediately) for criminal damage. That way, the person if found guilty can be sued for the damage.

Anything other than that is just hearsay.

The other opportunity would have been to deduct (or dispute) from the tenant on the final inspection.

As for paying for the fence outside of these - I wouldn't even pick up the phone.
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