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Long time lurker and semi competent DIY'r.

So to set the scene, traditional mid terrace of victorian vintage, single story half width extension (60's) out the back housing kitchen then bathroom.

So we hear a lot of drilling/digging, go next door and see they are ripping up their garden to make a lean to conservatory, fair enough.

Have a peek the next day and they have removed the foundations to our extension.

My immediate thought was wtf obviously, I told them to stop right away, the builders said it's fine they will just stick a meter of concrete which will butt up our foundations. Not cool as to me that needs underpinning properly. I insist building control need to asses, then ensure the builders underpin it correctly, and then check its been done properly after. Neighbours builders say not needed.

- I believe party wall act should be in play here
- surely they can't remove the foundations to our extension or to the very least not any which are within our boundary (they were over the boundary by 6-8 inches before they removed them UP TO our extension wall and over the boundary
- Simply infilling with concrete is a pretty crap idea as the whole point of foundations are a solid piece to take the load
- The trench desperately needs shuttering immediately as who knows how stable the extension now is?
- Do I have any legal standing here apart from trespass and damage of property (foundations on our side)?

My missus is quite rightly really upset, it doesn't help we have a corner bath in the extension which she's scared to use until it's all sorted.

Pics of the excavation attached! boundary line is 2-4 inches from the extension wall


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so the property on the left is youe extension and the property at the top is the neighbours house?
theres a water line and a soil pipe or down pipe in the picture as well.who do they belong to?wheres the blue mdpe coming from or going to?which direction does the drainage run?
Bldg regs apply to the work taking place so Bco should be informed.
dont get involved in PWA yet, try and work with bco and neighbours.
how come the neighbours didnt tell you in advance?do they live there or is it a rental?
try not to get to hot about things, i should speak! but easy and slow is best with these kind of disputes


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I'd take a record and photos of everything in the mean time so if it goes tits up you have some comeback


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