Land Registry plans
Further difficulties arise when people rely on Land Registry plans. People seem to think that these plans are drawn to specification and rely on them to move the boundary wall/fence to where they believe is the correct position. In fact however the Land Registry plans are drawn generally and are not intended to determine boundaries. They are also drawn with thick lines separating the properties and therefore the boundary cannot be ascertained correctly. A width of a line on a plan can equate to several metres on the ground.
How are boundary disputes resolved?
Most boundary disputes have to be resolved by the instruction of an expert who will consider the Title Deeds to the properties and various other indicators such as old photographs, witness evidence and the actual property to determine where they believe the boundary is. However, it is possible that you can obtain an expert that agrees with you where the boundary is only for your neighbour to find one that believes it is somewhere else. This is why a lot of these cases end up in the courts with a Judge making a decision based on all of the evidence as to where the boundary is.
However, litigation through the courts should always be a last resort. Many boundary disputes can be resolved through correspondence or by mediation or a ‘meeting on site’ of experts.
If your neighbour has moved your boundary or indeed you are thinking of doing the same thing specialist advice should be sought first. A lot of disputes arise over a wall or fence being erected in the wrong place which can lead to an intolerable situation with your neighbour. Boundary disputes are extremely stressful and can last a number of years. Therefore, it is always wise to check the position with regards to your boundary before making any changes.
Stephensons are able to provide advice in relation to your boundary as they have a specialist team who deal with all areas of land and neighbour disputes including breach of covenant. Stephensons can assist you by simply considering your Title Deeds and providing advice or assisting you to bring a claim through the courts should settlement not have been reached.