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Getting embroiled in a long-running dispute can be seriously stressful, putting a significant strain not just on yourself but on your family as well.

When boundary and neighbour disputes arise, it’s important to find a resolution that’s as fair and as hassle-free as possible. You should consider seeking expert assistance in the event of a boundary or neighbour dispute as professional expertise can help you bring the dispute to a satisfactory and swift conclusion.

Contact the property dispute team today 0343 507 5151 or e-mail disputeresolutionteam@gorvins.com for a free, no-obligation and confidential discussion. Alternatively fill in our online form and we will call you back.

Gorvins Approach to Boundary & Neighbour Disputes

At Gorvins, our Dispute Resolution Team has many years of experience in dealing with boundary and neighbour disputes. By choosing our solicitors, you can rest assured that we’ll provide you with clear and comprehensive advice. We’ll give you an honest assessment of how long the case may take, how much it will cost and whether you have a realistic chance of success.

How do I know if I have a boundary dispute?

Boundary or neighbour disputes can occur for a number of reasons. One party might object to another’s plans to extend their property or construct an outbuilding in a particular area. Disputes may arise over shared amenities. There may be a disagreement over the erection of fences or walls. One neighbour may refuse the other access to their land when they need to carry out repairs to their property.

These are just some of the potential flashpoints at the root of boundary or neighbour disputes. The exact layout and extent of boundaries can often be surprisingly complex. It’s quite often the case that boundaries aren’t clearly mapped out. Boundaries can change significantly over time due to removal, replacement or adjustment. Untangling the extent of these changes, and determining which boundaries are applicable in the here and now, may therefore be difficult. This can give rise to serious and bitter disputes between neighbouring residents.

Land Registry plans often don’t offer much assistance in determining exact boundaries. Despite this, some people rely on Land Registry plans when attempting to assert boundaries and this can further add to the confusion.

How do I Resolve a Boundary Dispute

There are a number of steps to be taken when attempting to resolve a boundary or neighbour dispute. It’s important to avoid rushing into legal proceedings; you should ensure that you give the other party sufficient time to address concerns in the appropriate manner.

In the event of a boundary or neighbour dispute, we suggest the first step you take is to talk to your neighbour. Tempers can flare and emotions run high when a boundary/neighbour dispute emerges, however, you may be surprised at what informal negotiations can achieve. If your neighbour is a tenant, then you may be able to address the dispute, by discussing it with their landlord. The landlord in question may be a housing association, a council or a private landlord. You also have a right to complain to your local council if the dispute involves a statutory offence. If your neighbour is committing a criminal offence, for example, being violent towards you, you should go to the police. If you have exhausted these possibilities (where applicable) and the dispute still hasn’t been resolved, your only remaining option may involve taking legal action.

How can Gorvins help?

Boundary/neighbour disputes are frequently fraught and complex. This is where specialist legal assistance can prove indispensable. At Gorvins, we have a Dispute Resolution Team dedicated to dealing with all types of boundary or neighbour disputes. We’ll provide you with the specialist legal help you need to conclude your dispute as quickly as possible, on terms that are favourable to you.

At Gorvins, we do whatever we can to settle disputes by negotiation first. Commencing legal proceedings isn’t something that should be done lightly, which is why we try to use alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration. However, we recognise that sometimes court action is the only way to resolve disputes. So, if we feel your case needs to go down that route you can have every confidence that we’ll fight your corner with vigour and determination.

Contact the property dispute team today 0343 507 5151 or e-mail disputeresolutionteam@gorvins.com for a free, no-obligation and confidential discussion. Alternatively fill in our online form and we will call you back.

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