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My neighbour has banked earth up against the end wall of my house 2ft above the level of my damp course. I’m trying to sell the property, and am worried that a surveyor will spot damp in the wall and it will hold up a sale. The neighbour says it would be too much effort to move the soil. Can I force him to do so without getting into legal costs?

If your neighbour’s actions have breached your damp course you will probably be able to get a court order telling him to move the earth and compensate you for any remedial work. This could of course involve you in legal costs. You will probably have to mention the dispute during the process of selling your house, and that in itself could hold up the sale.

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