Property Boundaries – Disputes with Neighbours

Property Boundary
Posted on May 14, 2021 Categories: Moving Home

One of the most common disagreements between neighbours surrounds the issue of boundary disputes and where the responsibility to alter or uphold the property lies.

These differences can often lead to longer term implications – especially if you are unfamiliar with the official guidance or you have only recently become a homeowner and are unsure how to properly resolve this matter, the team here at White Horse Surveyors have put together the following article as a helpful guide…

How to Avoid a Boundary Dispute

One of the best ways to steer clear of disagreements with your neighbours is by making sure that they are fully aware of any potential changes or work that you intend on carrying out. By giving them plenty of notice before-hand, you are far more likely to have an amicable conversation and resolve any issues or disputes before any permanent changes are made to the boundaries.

Another effective way to anticipate and settle any potential dispute is by drawing up a boundary agreement between the two parties. This kind of correspondence is highly preferable to any subsequent legal challenges that could result from an assumption on the established boundaries.  

How to Resolve a Boundary Dispute

If you have failed to take the previous steps and are currently involved in a boundary despite with a neighbour, there are a few important things you can do. The first is to consult the opinion of a professional, such as a solicitor or property surveyor.

However, it is important to note that most surveyors will only offer a general comment as to how the boundary appeared. This is NOT definitive, and the surveyor would also advise that you refer to a legal advisor for further advice and recommendations.

Although some Surveyors will be able to offer more specialist advice, our team will not get involved in actual disputes that are likely to end in complex legal action.

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