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My wife and I moved into a newly-built house nearly five years ago. We have new neighbours who, while we were away, put up a shed in the narrow gap between our detached houses. It’s up against our wall and he keeps a dog in it. However there’s a covenant in the title deeds which says nothing is to be built between the houses. How can we enforce this? I broached the subject six months ago but the neighbour just said he’d “look into it.”

It’s time to ask your neighbour to look into it again. In fact you should suggest that unless he takes the shed down within a fortnight you will get a court order telling him to remove it. It’s possible the developer will take this up on your behalf, but if not you should take your title deeds to a solicitor.

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