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Property Dispute Resolution

Whether you are in dispute with a neighbour over a party wall or boundary, or you are a landlord trying to recover rent from a tenant, property disputes can be stressful, sour relationships and are often not quick or easy to resolve.

At Rotheras our Dispute Resolution team can advise homeowners, landowners, commercial landlords, property developers and investors on a wide range of property disputes, drawing on their previous experience and insight to anticipate any problems which may arise.

Where possible we will encourage using alternative dispute resolution to resolve your matter; however, if this is not feasible our team have substantial experience to guide your argument through court.

Why use Rotheras Property Dispute Resolution?

We can advise and act for homeowners, landowners, landlords, property developers and investors from across the UK.

We will work with you to help you fully understand the nature of the dispute and what you hope to achieve, and put in place a strategy to achieve this outcome.

We have experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) including arbitration and mediation as well as court claims and tribunal applications.

We can help you with:

Homeowners

  • Boundary Disputes
  • Neighbour Disputes
  • Rights of way
  • Rights of light
  • Party wall
  • Enforceability of covenants
  • Landlords

Landlords

  • Possession Proceedings
  • Disrepair and Dilapidations claims
  • Service Charge Disputes
  • Rent Increases
  • Tenancy Deposit Disputes
  • Recovering Rent Arrears and Service Charge
  • Breach of Tenant Covenants
  • Defending Tenant Claims for Breach of Landlord Covenants
  • Preparing and Serving Notices for Possession
  • Recovery of Possession
  • Court Action Including Claims for Possession, Rent Areas, Breaches and Evictions

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Richard Hammond

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FAQs

What causes boundary disputes?

Boundary disputes most commonly happen between the owners of residential properties and are often caused by:

  • Boundary features such as fences, hedges or walls encroaching onto a neighbouring property.
  • One neighbour building an extension.
  • Being denied/refused land access.
  • Confusion as to which property is responsible for repairing the boundary feature.
How to resolve property boundary disputes?

Neighbour disputes are often resolvable by taking a pragmatic and practical approach. First of all, try talking with your neighbour as a first step to see if the issue can be resolved amicably. It can also be useful to gather information and documents relating to your property and neighbouring properties, such as title deeds and information from the Land Registry. These documents will give an indication as to where the boundary lies, or at the very least can be used to negotiate with your neighbour about where the boundary should be. If the title documents are unclear, often it is sensible to seek advice from a boundary surveyor who can interpret the documents and attend the property to comment on the physicality of the land and the features of the land in determining where the correct legal boundary position is.

If your neighbour is still refusing to cooperate, we would recommend seeking legal advice and attempting to resolve the dispute through pre-action correspondence and/or perhaps mediation before we would progress the case to court. The idea behind mediation is to reach a compromise with your neighbour with the help of an impartial mediator.  

 If mediation fails to resolve the issue, then your case may need to progress to court, however, litigation can be expensive, and therefore it is crucial to consider the costs proportionality involved.  Even if you were successful in your case, you may still incur legal costs which cannot be recovered from the other party. 

Who handles boundary disputes?

Appointing a licensed surveyor to physically locate the boundary can be a good starting point as they can help determine if the boundaries are where you believe they are, and the extent of the land being encroached upon. If your neighbour refuses to accept the boundary as per the surveyor’s expert view, we suggest contacting a solicitor who specialises in property and boundary disputes, as they may be able to provide advice and assistance in reaching a resolution, or they may be able to refer the dispute to a mediator with experience in boundary disputes.  

Can you sell a property with a boundary dispute?

When selling a property, you are required to provide details regarding the boundaries of the property and also any disputes within the Property Information Form. This form forms part of the contractual pack and therefore you should provide the answers to the best of your knowledge together with any relevant documents or information. Failure to do so may result in a claim for misrepresentation.  

Can my neighbour remove fence between our properties?

This is a sensitive point and can often cause further friction between neighbours. If the fence is on your neighbour’s side of the boundary, then they may be able to remove it, however, if the fence is on your side of the boundary line, then only you have the right to remove it unless you give your neighbour permission to do so. Crossing onto your neighbour’s property or removing any boundary features on the land may amount to a trespass. Often, your property deeds will show whether you or your neighbour is responsible for the maintenance of the boundary. 

Can a neighbour build over the boundary line?

Your neighbour should not build any structure which crosses over the boundary line. However, the Party Wall Act provides for instances in which a neighbouring property owner can build a party wall or party fence either up to or the boundary line. However, they must provide notice of this in writing at least a month before the party structure is due to be built.  

Is there a time limit on boundary disputes?

There is normally a strict 12-year time limit in which action can be taken in relation to boundary disputes. This is however a complex issue and specific advice should be sought from a solicitor.

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Richard Bates

Richard Bates

r.bates@rotheras.co.uk

Richard Bates leads the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team at Rotheras. Richard is a litigation specialist and can provide a wide range of services to both commercial and private clients.

Richard Hammond

Richard Hammond

r.hammond@rotheras.co.uk

Richard Hammond is a Dispute Resolution specialist and mediator at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors. Richard is also a notary public, processing client documents for international use.

Paige Regardsoe

Paige Regardsoe

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Paige Regardsoe is a Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution department and is based at our Lace Market office.

Millie Moreton

m.moreton@rotheras.co.uk

Millie Moreton is a paralegal in Rotheras commercial and dispute resolution departments and is based at our Lace Market office.

Abagail Clarke

a.clarke@rotheras.co.uk

Abagail Clarke is a paralegal in Rotheras’ Dispute Resolution department and is based at our Lace Market office.

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