Boundary/Neighbour Disputes

Disputes with your neighbours can be particularly unpleasant as you can spend a large sum of money trying to get the matter resolved and all the time you are living next door to each other. However, there are a number of ways to try and avoid having to deal with Court proceedings which are cheaper, quicker and less likely to end in bad feeling between you and your neighbour.

Land registry plans cannot be relied upon to prove small discrepancies between your land and your neighbours. Old pre registration deeds might prove useful if they contain actual measurements. In the vast majority of cases, neither side’s deeds will be conclusive.

Sometimes you have a situation where the deeds are clear. However, if the boundary has been in the "wrong" place long enough, the right to correct the position may have been lost. Evidence from prior owners or local residents who have lived in the area for many years will prove essential in such cases.
Possible ways to resolve a dispute with your neighbour over the boundary line include:

1. Agree to accept their view of the boundary line in order for a quiet life.
2. Negotiate through correspondence to try and reach an agreement.
3. Appoint a joint surveyor to determine the boundary.
4. Each party appoints a surveyor and they negotiate between them to agree the boundary line.

If the above options are unsuccessful you will either have to take court action against your neighbour or decide to move house to avoid the matter altogether.

We can assist in checking your deeds for you and looking at whether you might be entitled to leave the line as it is, even if it is in the "wrong" place and advising on tactics for negotiating over the boundary. We can also prepare an agreement where the boundary line is agreed between the parties.

If you want to take it through the Courts we can ensure your case is investigated and presented as effectively as possible. Even if your neighbour is unwilling to accept any sort of compromise, we can advise on the sort of settlement offers that can reduce the risk of an adverse costs order.