My neighbour keeps cars in the garden

John Conlin / 26 October 2016

Does the Council have a duty to remove them? Chartered surveyor John Conlin responds.



Question

My neighbour has two partly dismantled cars filling his front garden. 

It is unsightly, has a big impact on the rest of the terrace and could deter buyers if I wanted to sell. 

Does the Council have a duty to remove them?

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Answer

I assume your neighbour is unlikely to respond to an informal request. Avoid a formal dispute as this would have to be disclosed during pre-contract enquiries if you want to sell. 

Contact your Council’s planning enforcement officer. If there is no ‘drop kerb’ giving access to your neighbour’s front garden, use for parking may be a planning infringement. 

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