MY neighbour is having the outside of his house painted to put on the market and mine is looking very tatty next to it. He says the state of my property is now affecting the value of his and has asked me to get mine repainted. He is threatening me with his solicitors. Can he do this?
NO he cannot. If your property is very dilapidated due to lack of maintenance then the only remedies available to your neighbour would be a local authority enforcement notice declaring the property to be in a dangerous state which would require you to carry out urgent repair works for health and safety reasons, or action by an estate owner who may have the benefit of a restrictive covenant for repair should you live on a development where all properties are subject to various covenants including an obligation to keep the property in a good state of repair, and to decorate the exterior of the property, say, every five years.