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The builders who came to re-point my neighbour’s house covered my car and patio with broken mortar and dust. When they came the second time they promised to clear up before they left but didn’t, and left it in the same state. I complained to the firm, but in the end my neighbour’s 12-year-old daughter kindly helped clear away the rubble. Isn’t there a law that says damage to adjoining property must be made good?

It’s actually your neighbours’ responsibility to ensure that no harm comes to your property as the result of work they have done on theirs. You should have addressed your complaints to your neighbour, and although I’m sure the daughter helped you out of kindness, her parents should have prevented the mess in the first place. You do have rights against them.

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