While a having a house or garden that backs onto a common may be handy in some respects, it also has its drawbacks and dangers.
Drawbacks of a house that backs onto a common
As the name suggests, a common is there for and open to the public. At times, this could mean that you will be affected by an awful lot of noise coming from the area. Unless you have a fairly high fence, people will also be able to overlook your house or garden at any given time, which could have an impact on the extent of privacy you have.
If the common is used for ball games, you could also be disturbed quite frequently by people wishing to retrieve wayward balls.
Dangers of a house that backs onto a common
Such balls could also hit you, your windows or your property. If the common has trees, high winds could also result in you or a member of your family suffering injuries by falling branches.
Depending on the state and general purpose of a common, the value of your house may also be affected, not to mention what could happen if planning permissions to use the common for housing or other building projects.
If your house backs onto a common, you may also have a problem with trespassers. This could be particularly risky if you have a pool, for instance.
To make matters worse, if someone should slip across the common and into your pool at night and there is a pool accident, you could be held liable for any injuries such a trespasser may sustain.
Ensuring your pool is safe and preventing slips, trips and falls into your pool is important at the best of times. If your house backs onto a common, erecting a secure fence with a gate that can be locked and installing a pool cover to prevent unauthorised access and pool-related accidents, is highly recommended.
Home owners’ duty
If you were injured in or around someone else’s property because they did nothing to prevent slip, trip or fall injuries, for instance, you could be able to claim personal injury compensation.
We, Accident Advice Helpline, specialise in public liability claims and can help you get your compensation efficiently and quickly. Contact us via our freephone helpline on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, to learn more.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice