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Establishing land boundaries and ownership in neighbour disputes

By z4027672030, Sep 16 2015 01:35PM

One of the most common causes of disputes between neighbours is that of boundaries between properties, and exactly who owns what land. This can be an especially difficult dispute to resolve, as even many property documents fail to make it clear exactly where land boundaries are.

If a dispute arises between you and your neighbour regarding property boundaries, the first necessary step to take is to establish exactly who owns the land being disputed over. The main evidence for this, which cannot be contested, are clearly set out plans in the legal documents associated with the property.

Boundaries between properties, however, can differ from those set out in title documents or leases – for instance, where they have been changed by agreement, or by encroachment, where the other person has occupied space over the boundary without permission.

If the property boundaries are not well-defined in the lease or title document, or the boundaries have been changed as a result of agreement or encroachment, it is recommended that you seek out expert advice from a solicitor who specialises in land disputes. Taylors Solicitors, for instance, are a firm of Braunton and Ilfracombe dispute solicitors who can aid with land disputes and other civil litigation processes.

You can also find out more about boundary disputes from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), who have general information on their website as well as a helpline.

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