My neighbour who resides in between myself and another neighbour (there are 3 houses together) had an extension built last year. For 12 weeks now we have all had rats in loft, cavity wall and under kitchen units and this has been absolutely dreadful to live with. The Council have surveyed our drains and the problem has been located next door in the old drains before the extension was built. Our neighbour has been reluctant to help with the situation despite pleading from both neighbours. In desperation I have been in touch with the building inspector who visited whilst the extension was being built as I thought that they would of checked the drains as the extension was being built.
I would be grateful if anyone could inform me whether the builder who built the extension would be held accountable for not properly dealing with the drains. Surely a rat infestation would not be overlooked when a builder has not done his job properly.
Environment Health have been involved they came out with the technicians to survey drains. The old kitchen drainage in my neighbour's extension has not been capped off at all and the Council seem to think that this is the problem. The builder has been called back to put two bungs in the drains and the building inspector is coming out to check it.
Surely all you builders will know whether it is your responsibility to ensure that drains are correctly dealt with when carrying out work and if this is not the case are builder's held accountable for not doing a job properly?
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