Temporary access to property

You must allow neighbours to access your property in order to carry out construction, repair or maintenance work on their own property. However, they must give you spoken or written notice, repair any damage they cause and restore your property to its original condition.

Where you need to work on your own property, you may demand access to part of your neighbour’s property for the duration of the work. If your neighbour refuses, you can force him or her to agree, for example by sending a formal notice followed by a court order if necessary.

What to do

If you need access to part of your neighbour’s property in order to carry out work on your own property, you must begin by giving spoken or written notice of your intentions.

Liability

Your work must not undermine or compromise the integrity of the buildings, structures or plantations on your neighbour’s property, and you must restore your neighbour’s property to its original condition. 

If your neighbour’s property is damaged in any way by your work, you must pay compensation. Compensation may be payable for damage done even if you were not at fault.

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