We help determine the most accurate property boundaries so you can avoid lengthy legal battles with your neighbour and skip to an amicable agreement.
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Boundary disputes are one of the most common forms of property dispute –– and one we have extensive experience in. However, property boundaries are often ambiguous and difficult to solve. An argument over a few inches of land could easily end up in an expensive, long-term lawsuit.
At Lockings, we avoid this painful, costly process and work to resolve issues between you and your neighbour outside the courtroom. Reaching an amicable agreement about where land begins and ends is better for everyone involved and removes the risk of long-lasting tension.
So, whether you’re struggling to see eye to eye on the use of shared land or you’re unhappy with the position of a new wall or fence, we can help to keep the peace between you and your neighbour while keeping the cost and stress of resolving a boundary dispute to a minimum.
Through expert mediation and a focus on finding a middle ground, we help your home to feel like home again without any awkwardness in the air.
A boundary dispute arises when there is confusion over boundaries between property and land. Boundary disputes are often triggered by a new event such as the building of a wall or the growth of a garden over time. Sometimes, a property dispute is less about who owns a piece of land and more focused on who is responsible for maintaining it. A boundary dispute can concentrate on an individual’s right to land, as well as shared areas, trespass, use of land and right of way.
Property boundary dispute lawyers will review property title deeds to determine property boundaries. In more complex cases, solicitors may rely on several other documents including, aerial photographs of the property, witness evidence and developer’s plans to paint an accurate picture of ownership. Sometimes boundary disputes are resolved on-site between solicitors representing each neighbouring party. Here, each solicitor will present their case and work to reach a fair agreement on an individual’s behalf.
Boundaries are often recorded generally and are, in turn, hard to establish. For example, boundaries recorded in the Land Registry aren’t an accurate depiction of land ownership and can’t be relied on in court. Two solicitors may come up with opposing ideas about where the line of ownership should be drawn. So, the most valuable skill of a property boundary dispute lawyer is the ability to mediate and communicate clearly throughout the process.
Boundary dispute lawyers can help to diffuse the tension between you and your neighbour and avoid the matter escalating to court. In this sense, boundary dispute lawyers save you considerable time and money, helping you to reach a compromise in a shorter space of time. Most importantly, boundary dispute lawyers have the skill to determine boundaries or at the very least present a clear case supporting a suggested boundary in your favour.
If you are a customer of Lockings Solicitors and we have contracted with you online you may be entitled to use the EU Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Platform to assist in resolving any dispute with us. This service can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/odr.
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