Boundary disputes can lead to the breakdown of neighbourly relationships, causing both sides anxiety. Whether a dispute over a fence, garden wall, or how far your plot of farmland extends, our boundary dispute solicitors in Brighton and Hove know the complexities and requirements involved in resolving boundary dispute cases quickly and efficiently to restore peace.
What Is a Boundary Dispute?
Knowing exactly where your property ends and your neighbour’s begins can be difficult, even if there is a wall or fencing in place. Boundary disputes arise when two parties believe a piece of land falls within their ownership and one side tries to make changes to clearly mark that piece of land as theirs.
Boundary disputes most commonly occur between residential neighbours when one neighbour decides to erect a new wall or garden fence and the other neighbour believes this encroaches on their plot of land.
Our boundary dispute solicitors frequently advise on issues involving:
- Party wall disputes where a garden fence or wall that separates properties is altered or needs maintenance
- Overhanging buildings, extensions or foliage into your plot of land
- Positioning of pipes, guttering and drains
- Right of way and access disputes where access to a property is necessated through another property or plot of land
Why Use a Boundary Dispute Solicitor for Boundary Disputes?
Costs can quickly escalate in boundary dispute cases and, unless the value of the land is significant, the legal costs are likely to exceed the land value. When seeking to resolve a dispute through court, legal costs in boundary dispute can become disproportionate to the value of the land in question.
This means in order to succeed in your boundary dispute, it’s important you first explore all other cost-effective resolutions before proceeding to court. As expert boundary dispute solicitors, we start by building a strong case from the start and before taking any court action.
Our first port of call would typically be to establish the boundaries of both your and your neighbour’s properties through the Land Registry and historic documents.
If this proves insufficient, we would look to instruct a surveyor on your behalf to obtain compelling expert evidence to establish where the boundary lies. This crucial piece of evidence can be used to settle and win your case either with the court’s help or at a court hearing.
You will need to provide photos and videos of the area of land in dispute. It can also be helpful to provide old photos of the land being used by you or your family and to establish the date the videos or photos were taken. This will ensure we build a clear timeline to use in the boundary dispute.
Our expert boundary dispute solicitors will use their knowledge of the law, combined with the evidence provided to push for the best outcome for your matter. For high value and high risk cases, we have access to the top boundary dispute barristers in the country if needed.
How Much Does a Boundary Dispute Cost?
Boundary disputes vary in cost depending on how strong the evidence is in each side’s favour and the format used to settle the dispute. If you obtain fantastic expert evidence which properly identifies the boundary as yours, then the case could settle relatively quickly.
However, if your neighbour decides not to accept your expert evidence, costs can quickly escalate and you could be forced to take your boundary dispute to the Land Tribunal or court for final determination by a boundary dispute judge.
Why Choose Britton and Time Solicitors for Boundary Disputes?
Our boundary dispute solicitors will help by providing you with extensive advice about boundary dispute law in England and Wales. This is followed with further advice on all your options, from alternative dispute resolution to save time and costs, using boundary dispute experts to help build you a stronger case, and finally to which court or tribunal to take your case.
We’ll always keep you apprised of the likely costs and give you an estimate of how much your matter may incur during your initial consultation. We will not undetake work unless you give us the go ahead, which means you won’t receive any unexpected bills.
Call our boundary dispute solicitors in Brighton and Hove on 01273 726951 or contact us to arrange an initial, no obligation consultation with one of our boundary dispute solicitors at a time convenient to you.