Is chimney flue legal?

My neighbour in the Community has fitted an outside chimney flue to some type of internal fire. My house is a three-storey terraced house. The neighbour had a canopy above his ground floor window, over the short original flue. This area is now very black. Now he has extended the flue to above the first floor. The bedrooms of my house and the other neighbours are exposed to smoke or fumes from this flue. By the black deposit already left on his wall, this could be very toxic. In England this would not pass building or public health regulations. What I would like to know is, to which authorities do I report this?

K.A. (Costa Blanca)

In a Community of Property Owners, you should first discuss this flue with your President or Administrator. Your neighbour should have obtained permission from the Community in order to place anything on the outside of his wall. You and other affected neighbours can also bring up the matter at the AGM, by asking the President to put it on the official Agenda. If none of this gives results, you have final recourse to your town hall.

Send your questions for David Searl through lawyers Ubeda-Retana and Associates in Fuengirola at [email protected], or call 952 667 090.

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    • Paul

      23 July 2017 • 09:44

      Check the escritura. I live on a similar community but the escritura clearly states that individual owners are responsible for the upkeep of their properties.


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