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Boundary Disputes with Neighbours: What You Need To Know

Although we all aim to get along with our neighbours, disputes can still occur from time to time. Some of these disagreements can be minor while others could require legal intervention. Boundary disputes with neighbours are common situations, so it is wise to take a look at relevant information in order to clarify any confusion that might otherwise exist.

What is a Boundary Dispute?

This type of dispute will normally arise around the borders of your property. They often involve issues such as where a wall happens to be placed, the location of a new fence that has just been installed or who is responsible for maintaining a specific piece of land. The main issue is that some of these boundary disputes with neighbours can evolve into heated arguments, so they are best dealt with sooner as opposed to later.

How Can Neighbour Disputes be Avoided?

It is always best to take a proactive stance. For example, make it a point to inform your neighbour if you are planning a project (such as constructing a stockade fence) along the border of his or her property. The same holds true for other maintenance tasks if these have not occurred in the past. If you adopt this sense of transparency, the chances of a dispute occurring will be dramatically reduced. To put it simply, communication is key.

Resolving a Neighbour Dispute

Keep in mind that in most cases, these disputes are simply nothing more than miscommunications. This is why it is important to understand your neighbour’s perspective. Speak calmly in order to keep tension levels at a minimum. It could also be a good idea to involve a third party (such as a mutual friend) to appreciate both sides of the story. The chances are high that both you and your neighbour will be able to come to some sort of agreement. If this is still not possible, it is wise to contact professional dispute resolution solicitors.

A Quick Look at Determining Boundaries

The first step is to consult the title plans of your property. These can be obtained through the Land Registry. Your deed as well as the documents of your neighbour should both be examined. However, keep in mind that some boundaries might not be entirely clear. This is why it is also wise to examine any pre-registration deeds that may be available. You may be able to find the document that was initially created when the boundaries were established. However, this can be tricky if you happen to share an extremely old property.

We can see that some boundary disputes with neighbours are not always straightforward. If you have come to an impasse, it is a good idea to contact our team at Norton Peskett Solicitors. We will be more than happy to analyse the situation to solve the problem at hand. After all, there is no reason why neighbours should argue over an issue that can normally be resolved.

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