Boundary Problems

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This web site deals with the subject of boundary disputes in England and Wales. It also deals with rights of way, and briefly mentions other forms of neighbour disputes.

Books have been written on boundary disputes by and for lawyers, and by and for surveyors. This web site is written by a chartered land surveyor for landowners and aims to tell them all that they need to know about boundaries and about rights of way, as well as how to cope in a dispute. It is a reference manual that has been continually revised since it first appeared in January 2000. It is of interest to:

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  • British landowners who want to find out more about property boundaries, land registration, adverse possession, rights of way, and
  • British landowners who want to amicably, quickly and cheaply resolve a dispute that has arisen with their neighbours or,
  • British landowners who need professional help with a serious dispute;
  • Students studying British land law on a surveying or law course,
  • British professionals seeking to update or broaden their knowledge of land law,
  • Foreign academics and professionals making a comparative study of British and foreign systems of boundary demarcation and land registration.

These pages have information on:

  • how property boundaries in England and Wales are defined
  • frequently encountered property boundary problems;
  • other land-related neighbour problems;
  • saving money by wise management of a dispute;
  • who to turn to for professional advice.

Once you have read the parts of this web site that are relevant to you, what next?

Some landowners will be confident enough to negotiate an amicable settlement of the dispute by direct contact with their neighbour.

Some landowners may want to discuss the matter further with others who can offer sympathetic advice, and any of the three internet forums below will be pleased to hear from you.

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link to web site of Ask 4 Help
Neighbours from Hell in Britain

Some landowners may prefer to speak to a professional. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) operates a Boundary Disputes Hotline (0870 333 1600) that will put you in touch with a chartered surveyor who specialises in boundary demarcation and disputes and who will be prepared to spend half an hour discussing and advising on your problem free of charge.

Some landowners may have reached the stage where they need to instruct either a professional who is expert in the issues in dispute, or a solicitor, or both. These people should contact Jon Maynard Boundaries Ltd.

Readers should understand that, for the sake of clear writing, the use of male pronouns implies either male or female gender, the use of singular pronouns implies either a singular or a plural context, etc.
Note to students: Please feel free to quote from, criticise or review the information you find on this web site, but please acknowledge the source of the material that you use. You should under no circumstances copy and paste the material on this web site into your own assignments and claim it as your own own work: be assured that your lecturers and tutors will be as familiar with this web site as they are with the standard (hardcopy published) textbooks on the subject and will recognise that the work is not your own.