Chimneys & Fireplaces Question

Cracks in neighbours house due to chimney removal

3 storey mid terraced house. I had a unused chimney in my kitchen which was cutt of from bottom a bit and was not going out of the roof. I had a surveour from council came up and told it was safe to remove it, so that I can gain space in kitchen and bathroom. My builders have removed it and my neighbours have complained that they heard banging and have some cracks in kitchen,bathroom etc. What is the best in this situation as I am getting a bit concern. I have just got this place and am getting work done. not yet moved in.

2 Answers

this happens alot ,party wall agreement should have been signed and photos taken of neighbours property before works started was this done?i think not there fore if your neighbours say they want the whole wall hacked off and re-plastered they are within their rights this is a shared wall ,your chosen builder should have given you this advice prior to commencement of works ,his liability insurances should cover any costs if they take it further

Answered 6th Feb 2012

substructure

Member since 7 Jun 2008

The cracks that appeared i'm guessing are hair line. this was most likely due to hammering or breaker while taking the chimney out. We have had such problems before and the simple option was to rack out and fill the cracks for the neighbor its not a lot of work and keeps the peace.

However when undertaking such work its best practice to inform neighbor of what you are having done and that they "may" notice some small cracks, its nothing to worry about and if they do appear it will be put right.

Hope that helps you
Mike

Answered 6th Feb 2012

MRG Building Contractors

Member since 29 Jan 2012

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