Jun 15, 2018
For those of us who see our home as a sanctuary, the idea of becoming embroiled in a disagreement with a neighbour is unappetising, to say the least.
No sensible person would welcome a falling out with the people next door. But disagreements about the extent of each person’s property, and about any encroachment on it, are fairly common. Perhaps one family is extending their kitchen and has overstepped an actual or perceived physical boundary. Perhaps a central hedge is causing a nuisance, or an excessively high fence has been erected. Perhaps a shared driveway is not being shared as it should be.
Let’s face it, these are all irritations. While some can be tolerated, others do have to be sorted out. And, as lawyers who specialise in helping feuding neighbours resolve their differences, we see the full extent of legal, inter-personal, and emotional challenges that are bound up in these types of disputes.
When it comes to the early days of a boundary issue, it helps to get off on the right footing with your neighbour. It also helps to have a basic understanding of your legal position, so we encourage clients to come and see us as soon as they become aware of any issue relating to their property. We’ll be able to offer some helpful initial advice, both in terms of your legal position and the best way of sorting the situation out.
Early, constructive conversations between neighbours are ideal. But not every situation lends itself to this. Small issues can escalate very quickly if not carefully managed, and so we work closely with clients to help establish the things that are really worth fighting for, and those that are not. We help in the background, or more prominently, to guide the conversations with neighbours. And we make sure that, whatever stage the dispute has reached, it is resolved as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Ultimately, it’s about protecting the value, and your enjoyment, of your property. And if, as in many cases, relationships between neighbours can be saved then so much the better.
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To find out more about how we can help you to bring your neighbour dispute to conclusion, get in touch with one of our experienced team today.
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