Digging down into the basics of basements

The extent of a property owner’s rights to dig out or extend a basement, and the extent of the rights of adjoining owners to be protected from the effects of such work, can quickly become emotive issues.

Even though the finished basement will be hidden from view, it is common for neighbours to object to proposed basement plans because of fears around the actual works – specifically, excessive noise and vibration, the typically lengthy period of building works associated with basement development, and the potential adverse effects on the structural stability of neighbours’ houses.