RICS Consumer Guide: Boundary Disputes

RICS Consumer Guide: Boundary Disputes

When you move into your house, establishing the exact position of your boundaries is not high on your list of priorities. During the conveyancing process your solicitor should identify any boundary problems but there are three simple steps you can take to avoid any problems

Step one

Ask your solicitor for an Official Copy of the Land Registry title plan. This shows the general boundaries of your property. It is based on large scale Ordnance Survey mapping so it will be generalised to some degree and does not show the exact legal extent of your property. For instance it may not show small juts in the boundary or bay windows.

Step two

Compare this plan to your property. If you can do this before exchange of contracts you can ask the seller to clarify any differences.

Step three

Talk to your new neighbours at an early stage to identify the position of, and responsibility for maintaining, the boundaries.