However, once the work was done, it turned out to be a car wash, which runs from 8am to 8pm with noise all day. Even at night there is a hissing from the machinery. Can we do anything?
ATo carry out this work the dealership would have had to serve notices on all neighbours within a certain distance and connection, and if this was not done there may be grounds for complaint to the local authority - I suggest you check with the planning department what was actually allowed, and what information the dealership gave to planners.
Also speak to the council's environmental health department to see if they can support you regarding the excessive noise and disturbance.
Thirdly, write to the managing director of the dealership - a responsible firm may want to be good a neighbour.
Q SOME time ago the top flat caused a leak that affected my flat; electrics out for days, walls damaged and other personal losses, as well as upset and inconvenience.
We have been negotiating with loss adjusters but feel we're getting nowhere. Can you suggest anything?
ATwo ideas - get together with neighbours in the block either formally as a committee or informally to compare notes. United, the loss adjusters may take you more seriously or urgently.
Secondly, consider getting help - from a solicitor or the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Legal fees for this kind of claim may be recoverable.
QWhen I was having our boundary with the next door neighbour checked, it turned out my garage is built about 8 inches into their land.
My neighbour has now threatened to move my garage, but it has been in place for over 30 years.
I have no practical alternative for parking as putting the car at the front of the driveway causes other problems. Can my neighbour force this issue?
ABoundary disputes are usually complex, so I can only give a few details, and send you back to your solicitor. But there is a legal provision called Prescription - a rule that says if certain rights have been enjoyed without legal challenge for a period of time, they become permanent even if the paperwork is not correct.
As the garage has been in place for over 20 years, you may have a prescribed right of use and access. If so, your neighbour can't interfere.
Q I have heard about Will Relief as a charitable event by solicitors. How does it work?
AA solicitor who is signed up to the scheme will make your will, and charge you the equivalent of the legal fee that would have been incurred normally.
But instead of keeping the fee, he or she will send it in full to the charity.
See www.willrelief scotland.co.uk. The scheme lasts throughout September.