The neighbour’s oil tank is positioned directly next to our boundary and surrounded by wooden fencing and under the eaves of our outhouse which is adjoined to the house. What are my rights?
We live in a semi-detached house and we are responsible for maintaining the boundary where the neighbour’s oil tank is positioned. The oil tank is on their side of the boundary but only by about 30 cms. I have spoken to the neighbour who is looking into options but is reluctant to move the tank due to the cost. The tank is a single skinned plastic tank holding 2,500 litres of oil and, I am informed, was installed before April 2002 when the Oil Regs came into force. We would like to know if we can enforce the repositioning of the tank, the fire proofing of the eaves of the outhouse and the removal of all the wooden fencing surrounding the tank (on 3 sides)? If so are we responsible for any of the cost for doing this work? Is there a minimum time frame for carrying out the work? And who do we speak to for help in enforcing this or taking further advice?