I’ve searched the forums to see if this has been asked before and I can’t find a relevant topic.
I would very much appreciate some advice on how to deal with the below.
At adjacent to the main entrance of my residence (ground floor flat, rented), is an old garage.
In order to reach the front door of my building, you must pass through a shared entranceway with another property, walk up a short passageway and pass through another doorway.
The garage is in the final stages of being renovated and turned into a flat. During the renovation the rear wall of the garage has been extended slightly and the owner of the garage has hung a door in the doorway.
The actual width of the doorway has been reduced by a couple of inches as a result of pushing the wall back and hanging a doorframe and door where there was once just an open doorway.
I’ve included an drawing that hopefully illustrates the scenario.
When I moved into the property, I was just barely able to fit some items of furniture in.
I have to move out at the end of the month. I am absolutely positive that I will not now be able to swing my sofa around and through the smaller doorway. There is no other viable means of getting this furniture out of the flat (windows, etc). I’m unable to dismantle it and take it out in pieces.
In order to leave this flat with deposit intact I’m going to have to chop my sofa into bits, take them to the recycling centre and buy a replacement for my new residence. This is going to cost me a few hundred pounds.
Can anyone help with the below questions please?
– how should I engage the developer of the property?
– am I within my rights to ask them to cover the expense of binning my old sofa and replacing it?
– I’ve had some amateurish attempts as looking at forums, building regulations and planning guides, and the only advice I can find is that “any changes to external access should leave width unchanged”. Is there a specific piece of legislation I can reference when I get in touch with this guy?
Thanks in advance,