Boundary disputes can be caused by:
- A disagreement about who owns and should repair the fence or wall between you and your neighbour
- The ownership and usage of your shared driveway or drainage
- Dense, tall hedges and over-hanging branches
- A neighbour who has slowly encroached on your land over the years to a point you can no longer tolerate.
Boundary issues are not always clear-cut. A boundary’s location can change over time for many reasons, such as a diverted water course or a wooden fence that moves slightly every time it is replaced.
David Powell, a spokesman on boundary issues for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) says “There are rarely disputes over more than 30cm. Once you get above that, there’s something obvious with which to solve it.”
This raises the question, is it worth fighting over if it is less than 30cm? This is where you need an impartial and friendly solicitor who isn’t just going to advise you to take it to Court.
You need someone who will weigh up the pros and cons of legal action with you. Someone who will help you consider other options like mediation. Someone who has a wealth of experience and understands your chances of success and risks of losing.
Disputes over fence, wall or hedge ownership can cause arguments when it comes to maintenance and repair. In many cases, the deed plan of the property will show who is responsible, but not all plans indicate this. Again, you need to look at all your options and we can help you assess the best one.