Do you worry about a boundary dispute?
Disputes over the position of boundary lines are one of the most common forms of property dispute. They can cause huge stress because you are arguing over the most valuable thing you own – your land and property.
The most common cause of a dispute starting is the replacement of a wall, fence or hedge or a new person buying the neighbouring property. These claims can escalate quickly and will often be related to a very small piece of land.
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If the dispute is handled correctly, it doesn’t have to mean falling out with your neighbours. Many boundary issues can be resolved amicably and fairly.
The HM Land Registry holds information relating to registered land in the UK and the title register and title plan will show the position of a property’s boundary line. However, this is not sufficiently accurate so often, historic deeds and a land surveyor’s expert opinion are often required to determine the correct boundary.
When dealing with these disputes, issues of adverse possession and prescriptive rights can often arise, these are technical legal areas where you will need expert advice.
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