Q: How can I resolve a boundary dispute?
A: Disputes are not uncommon when trying to enter into a boundary agreement with a neighbour. A disagreement between neighbours must be reported in writing to HM Land Registration. There will be an opportunity for all parties to enter into negotiations to reach an agreement, but if this is not possible, the case will go to a tribunal.
A boundary dispute is unlikely to be resolved unless both parties are willing to compromise. To avoid a full-scale disagreement, it is wise to maintain friendly relations throughout the process as when boundary disputes get personal, they become far more challenging to resolve. Unless the land is worth a lot of money, the legal costs can begin to outweigh the actual value of the land disputed.
You may choose to appoint a chartered independent land surveyor jointly with your neighbour. They are experts in boundary disputes and could help you to reach a resolution should you agree to accept their decision. Included in their work, they will check deeds and the plans attached to them, survey the land, refer to historical documents and check aerial photography. They will then prepare a plan detailing your agreed boundary line to submit to the Land Registry as a Boundary Agreement.