Boundary + right of way disputes
Given the close proximity in which many of us live, it’s hardly surprising that boundary disputes are common-place. But boundaries can evoke emotions out of all proportion to the dispute, with thousands of pounds being spent on reclaiming a few feet – or sometimes a few inches – of land.
Most boundary disputes can be resolved quickly and easily however if you seek advice early and get the right support from a specialist boundary solicitor.
What is a boundary dispute?
Boundary disputes cover a number of issues, such as disagreement over boundary lines or one person deliberately encroaching over a known boundary. Sometimes it just isn’t clear who owns a particular boundary and changes over time have only added to the uncertainty.
In any case your first course of action should be to contact our specialist boundary lawyers. We have a wealth of experience across a range of boundary disputes and will work with you to resolve your matter at the earliest possible stage.
The first step in resolving your boundary dispute is to try to ascertain the precise line of the boundary, usually by referring to your property deeds. If this isn’t clear we’ll look for other evidence, such as how previous owners have treated the boundaries and who has taken responsibility for maintaining any boundary structure.
Our specialist property team also deal with rights of way and easements. An easement is a right of use over someone else’s land for the benefit of another piece of land, such as for access or drainage.
Boundary matters can quickly escalate so it’s important to get legal advice from a specialist boundary solicitor. We can advise you on the best course of action and offer alternative methods of dispute resolution – such as mediation – which can help avoid court proceedings, where possible.
For straightforward and practical help and advice, speak to our property lawyers in Bristol and South Gloucestershire on 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.