Boundary disputes - a brief guide

It is a sad fact that people who have little contact with their neighbours are more likely to experience a boundary dispute.

Problems can arise when building work impacts on your right to light, neighbours restrict or prevent access to your driveway, or plant or remove a hedge on your land. 

Residents often believe that their boundary runs in a straight line or rely on Land Registry plans. These are often for guidance only and cannot always be relied upon to identify your boundary’s correct position. 

Disputes commonly require the instruction of an expert and when neighbours take a hard line cases can end up in court.

Court action should always be a last resort as many disagreements can be resolved through correspondence or mediation. If your neighbour has moved your boundary or you are considering doing so, taking early legal advice often helps ensure a positive outcome.

If you live in Kent and would like advice on a boundary dispute Boys & Maughan will be pleased to assist

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.