Not fixing a hole where the rain gets in…

Horridge (t/a Newford Parts Centre) v Downshire House (Reproductions) Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 777

Continuing a brace of nuisance cases, we have this appeal from a split trial on liability on a nuisance claim. The properties involved are both commercial premises, but the principles and issues involved are equally applicable for residential properties.

Horridge (H) and Downshire House (D) occupied adjoining premises. H’s single storey building abutted D’s taller one such that H’s roof was supported but timber purlins set into the wall of D’s building. One of these purlins fell away from the wall, such that the roof subsided and pulled away from the wall, allowing water penetration into … Read the full post

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