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How to establish your property boundary

Property boundaries can often be a source of contention between neighbours, especially if they are not clearly defined. When determining where your property boundary lies there are a few steps you can take to establish it.

Firstly, you can check your title deeds. When you purchased your property, you should have been given a pack of information which included your title deeds. This document will typically contain a description of both your property and its surrounding boundaries. In some cases however the actual boundary may not be defined within these documents.

In some cases, the boundary between your property and your neighbour’s property may be marked by physical features. This could be a wall, hedge, or fence. These features can provide evidence of the boundary, but it is important to note that these features may not be completely accurate as they have may have been moved or altered over time.

If it is still not clear where your property boundaries lie you should talk to your neighbour. It may have been the case that they have lived in their property for longer than you have lived in yours and they are able to provide more information as to where the boundary lies. They may have also entered an agreement with the previous owner of your property as to where the boundary lies.

If you are still unable to determine the position of your boundary you should then get a surveyor to do a report. A surveyor will be able to use a variety of methods to determine the exact location of the boundary including using historical records, physical features and any other distinguishing factors. You could agree with your neighbour to share the cost of the surveyor and to accept that the surveyor’s findings.

Once the boundary has been established you should document it in writing to prevent any future disputes. You can either create a boundary agreement with your neighbour or you can apply to the Land registry to have the boundary recorded on your title deeds.

Establishing a property boundary can be a complex process and it is important to do it correctly. It is important to seek legal advice regarding any questions you may have about establishing a property boundary, if you feel your boundary is in the wrong place or your neighbour has moved the boundary onto your land. Our team of specialist lawyers are on hand to answer any questions you may have, and can assist in each step of determining your property boundary.  

Article written by Edward Capstick – Associate Solicitor

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