My neighbour's garden room overhangs onto my property – what are my rights?

A SINGLE parent feels "intimidated" by neighbours whose two-storey extension overhangs their garden.

Here's what to do if you find yourself in a turf war with a nuisance neighbour.

The anonymous parent complained to the Irish Times that their neighbour built a "large two-storey extension" with gutters hanging over into their garden.

And an additional built shed at the end of their garden overhangs, too.

They also said the neighbours treat the boundary wall as their own – and even go onto the other side so they can paint it.

The parent wrote: "They now claim the wall separating the two gardens is theirs to do as they please with, without any consultation.

"And [they] often come into my garden to paint a fence they mounted on this wall."

The helpless homeowner added: "I am a single parent living alone with my young son and feel that I am just being intimidated by my neighbours."

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How to deal with an overhang dispute

Civil engineer Patrick Shine replied that intimidation and trespass are "unacceptable" – and if they're persistent, it could be a criminal offence.

However, the law in England and Wales differs to Irish law on how to deal with fence or roof encroachment.

First, have a polite conversation with your neighbour about the overhanging gutter or roof.

Unlike an unruly hedge, definitely don't break off the overhanging piece and throw it back into your neighbour's garden.

You'll be responsible for damage to the roof and could incur massive costs.

If you can't come to an agreement with your neighbour, legal proceedings are likely to end in your favour as encroaching onto someone else's garden is not allowed.

Still, a lengthy court battle is likely to be more expensive than it's worth.

Marion Ellis, a surveyor coach and founder of Love Surveying, told The Sun: "Many people spend a fortune on litigation with little reward.

"It often comes down to proving the principle or point and no one ultimately wins.

"The important thing to bear in mind is context: how much of an issue is the overhang really causing?

"Boundary disputes are often not really about the boundary – they're about personalities and getting on with our neighbours. That's often the best place to start in the long run."

We've advised homeowners on what to do if your neighbour wants to dig up your garden to install an electric vehicle charger.

And here's what you can do if your neighbour keeps blocking your driveway.

Plus, this is how you can solve your turf war if your neighbour is refusing to pay half towards a broken fence.

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