On Saturday morning, our neighbours informed us that our drain was leaking, and was running into their property. They had a party that afternoon, so were obviously rather concerned.. as were we!
Hubby phoned Dyno Rod, and out they came. It turns out that the whole street share a sewer, so this wasn’t purely our problem. After 90 minutes, we were told that the blockage was a few houses down, and it full of nasty things! We were presented with a bill for £153, and off they went. (Sigh… thanks!)
After doing some research, and getting in touch with our local council, it would appear that everyone upstream from the blockage holds a joint responsibility. We’ve been told we’re entitled to claim a share of the costs from everyone affected, which is ten houses.
So this morning, I’ve written out what I hope is a friendly, informative letter, explaining what has happened.. I’ve also included the relevant info from the council leaflet. Of course, all I can do is ask.. I’m hardly going to take one of my neighbours to court for £15. I’m therefore not very hopeful. :o(
I was wondering how others would feel – if you received a similar letter from your neighbour, would you share the costs with them, or simply ignore it?