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Six years ago I needed to repaint the end wall of my cottage and I had a problem getting my neighbour to move two large sections of trellis work he’’d fastened to it, now the work needs doing again. Can I insist that the top half of the trellis isn’’t replaced this time? It reaches right up to the level of the roof.

Yes. This is not a “party wall” as defined by the Party Wall etc Act 1996, so your neighbour shouldn’’t be fastening anything to it. If your neighbour is difficult to deal with ask your solicitor to write to him but if you have a reasonable relationship I’ would be reluctant to fall out with him over this; an alternative might be to suggest he repaints your wall, say every five years, in return for keeping his trellis.

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