Are you moving properties and worrying about boundary disputes?
Boundaries of a property can come in various forms in either fences, hedges, buildings or sometimes even rivers and finding these boundaries can often be a challenge. As boundaries are common ground for disputes of neighbouring properties, I thought it would be a good idea to let people know how to avoid disputes in the future with their current, new or potential properties.
1. Find the Boundaries
The first step you should try to take with your property is to find the boundary lines. In most cases, the seller will provide you with the boundary lines but in some cases, these are not entirely accurate. Over the years, boundaries can easily move, alter and be different than what is shown on the original papers and it really pays to keep up to date with their current location.
Find an original copy of the Land Registry documents and bring it up with the seller in the buying process to make sure there are no differences.
2. Maintain Your Boundaries
“When you move into your house, establishing the exact position of your boundaries is not high on your list of priorities”, RICS. Once you are aware of where your boundaries lie, it is important to keep on top of their maintenance so that they don’t get into a mess or disarray. Always speak to your neighbour if your boundary line is a hedge or a wall because they will also play a part in the maintenance and might not take kindly to you cutting back their hedge or re-building a wall on their land.
3. Find Boundaries Before Building
I cannot stress how important it is to have your boundary lines approved before you start to build on them or near them. Before applying for any planning permissions you will need to know where they are and will need to discuss the plans with your neighbours. Although you submit them to the local council, it is not their right to check boundary lines and you could actually end up building on a neighbours’ land illegally.
4. Hire A Chartered Surveyor
If you do make it to a boundary dispute position, you will need a chartered surveyor on your side to assist with the proceedings. That is where I come in, Chris Ledger, as an active chartered surveyor on the Isle of Wight and all over the UK. With professional expertise and years of experience in the industry, I am able to help with locating the legal boundaries through map analysation, surveys, Ariel photographs and historical documents.
Get in Touch
I mainly deal with property disputes and boundary disputes that involve buildings, so give me a call for more information on 01983 731 198. Other services include sale and purchase, shared ownerships, probate, subsidence claims and insurance valuations.