Can I lift a neighbours tile in order to repair our joint roof

We share a concrete tile roof with our neighbour with the boundary running between rafters on each of the properties. We suspected one of the rafters on our side was rotten and had our roof stripped down to find the extend of the damage, get it repaired and replace the tiles. We did advise the neighbour that the work was going to be carried out. However in order to replace the batons the contractor also removed a line of the neighbours tiles. The work was finished, everything replaced and no damage caused. I apologised for not informing their tiles would be lifted as I wasn't aware they would but the neighbour insists we shouldn't have touched their tiles and wants us to accept liability for any roof repairs they may need in the future. Was my contractor correct in what they did and was I obliged to give more notice I did?

Asked by John on 29th May 2024
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"As long as it causes no damage afterwards and they are put back properly there’s should be no issue with this"
Answered on 11th Jun 2024 - Member since Jun 2024 - report
"Contactor should have taken before and after pic as it would have been nice to let neighbours know what's going on if they didn't known there roof was infected by the issues. And as long as tiles were replace the same way he got them it should be OK. Pic would have have been enough for proof"
Answered on 22nd Jun 2024 - Member since Jun 2024 - report
"Lifting a row of tiles and putting back , causes no problems at all , if anything it’s cleans the tiles of moss and debris , the roofer did it correctly, you need to lift a joining row to do the job correctly"
Answered on 29th May 2024 - Member since Dec 2023 - report
"To complete most works at the end of your roof or near party wall tiles are usually taken out and put back.
The best way to avoid these problems is to take before and after photos"
Answered on 12th Jul 2024 - Member since Jul 2024 - report
"I agree with James, John sounds like the repairs were correct and beneficial to both parties.
I believe that your neighbour is using an unnecessary legal angle for future maintenance repairs as you acted neighbourly and courteous."
Answered on 29th May 2024 - Member since May 2023 - report
""I agree with James, John sounds like the repairs were correct and beneficial to both parties. I agree wive both"
Answered on 29th May 2024 - Member since May 2024 - report
"The contractor should have seeked permission from the home owner before working on there property."
Answered on 30th Jun 2024 - Member since Jun 2024 - report
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