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Property misrepresentation - neighbour dispute claims

Research shows that at least one in ten people have moved house because of poor relationships or ongoing disputes with their neighbours. If you’re buying a new home, it’s a big investment and the likelihood is that you plan to stay there for some time, so it’s important that you’re aware of any issues with neighbours that could affect you once you buy the property.

Sellers have an obligation to declare disputes with their neighbours when selling a house in the UK, using the TA6 property information form. These types of disputes could involve anything from property boundary disputes to ongoing noise complaints or any other neighbour issues which have been complained about in writing, or which agencies and authorities like the local council or police force have been involved with.

If the seller lies, misleads or fails to disclose ongoing disputes with neighbours and the property purchase completes, the buyer may then discover that there are serious issues, which can have a huge impact on many aspects of their life. The buyer may be able to make a claim for property misrepresentation. Call our specialist team for more information and to find out if you can make a claim on 0161 696 6178.

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What to do if you’ve bought a house with an ongoing neighbour dispute

If you have bought a home and only then discover that there is an ongoing dispute with one or more neighbours that you were not previously made aware of by the seller, you should seek expert legal advice immediately to see if you might be eligible to make a claim for property misrepresentation. It’s likely that you only find out about existing issues with neighbours once you have already moved in and although sometimes neighbour problems won’t carry on once the seller has moved on, it could cause major issues for you if they do. As soon as the neighbour dispute comes to light, it’s important to get expert legal assistance so that you understand where you stand and can make an informed decision about what to do next.

Can you sue a seller for not disclosing neighbour issues?

If you’ve bought a house with terrible neighbours, it can have a huge impact on many areas of your life and the day-to-day interactions you have in your new area. Whether you can sue the seller of the property for not disclosing that there were ongoing neighbour disputes will depend on the circumstances involved in your specific case.

Sellers have to fill in the TA6 property information form, which asks a specific question about disputes with neighbours. If there are ongoing issues they have been having that they fail to disclose or tell the truth about here, it can mean that you are able to claim for property misrepresentation.

In order for a claim to be successful, it will have to be proven that the seller knowingly didn’t disclose neighbour disputes when asked to on the TA6 form. It can be a complex area, because sellers don’t have to necessarily disclose old disputes that they believe have been resolved, and what may be considered nuisance behaviour by one person might not have the same impact on someone else e.g. noise or frequent parties.

This is why it’s essential to seek expert legal advice so that we can investigate the situation and see if you are eligible to make a claim against the seller. Get in touch with our specialist team today by calling 0161 696 6178.

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