Jan 02, 2012 7:51 pm
I have a problem with a new house I am building. The neighbours prior to any work beginning on my block brought in a heap of dirt & built up their land along the boundary & tapered the dirt onto my block. Subsequently we need a retaining wall. I have spoken to the neighbours who believe they are only 20% responsible for the retaining wall. I have been to council & master builders & showed them photos & they have all said the other people are responsible. We just cant get them to accept that. Is there some kind of report I can get that shows exactly who is responsible for what %. The council has said they dont get involved in this kind of disagreement
Re: Retaining wall - who pays2
Jan 02, 2012 9:34 pm
In this case you are responsible for the cut and them for the fill.
Work out what % below the natural ground level your cut will be and what % they have filled.
If they don't want to come to the party, if possible you can cut 500mm in from the boundary and retain this. Once the fence goes up they will have no option but to retain there fill.
And don't be worried how it turns out, by the sounds of there attitude there going to be pain in the a*^e neighbours.
Re: Retaining wall - who pays3
Jan 02, 2012 9:49 pm
I would have thought that it's who ever has changed the contour of the ground?? I'm not really sure though
Re: Retaining wall - who pays4
Jan 02, 2012 10:21 pm
The neighbour must pay for the retaining wall and the retaining wall must be totally on the neighbour's side of the boundary.
I'm surprised the Council did not support you on this matter. Perhaps a visit to Council in person will get you a chat with someone other than the person at the front counter.
Think about it. The neighbour has illegally dumped soil on your property. This would probably involved a fine. The Council should get involved.
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Retaining wall - who pays5
Jan 02, 2012 11:25 pm
I thought that they need the retaining wall as its their dirt that needs to be retained not yours therefore their cost 100%. Council should be able to assist you. Good luck.
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