One of the first things you should do when you move into a new property is make sure that you know where the property boundary is. You should not just assume that any fence which is in place is actually on the boundary line between your property and that of your neighbour. If you determine boundaries when you first move in this should help you avoid potential disputes further down the line.
If you do not do this, and you think that the assumed property boundary is incorrect at any point during your residence, then you need to be aware of what action you can take. We are going to take a look what you should do if you have any doubts about the validity of current property boundary assumptions.
The process to follow if you want to resolve property boundary doubts
If you think that the boundary between your property and that of your neighbour is incorrect you may want to discuss the issue with your neighbour and try and resolve the issue. It’s also worth thinking about the fact that your neighbour may have already had the boundary legally defined.
If the dispute continues you need to make sure you have the boundary investigated and legally marked before you progress with any legal action. You may want to take legal action if you think that your neighbour has built on part of your property. The best way to legally define a property boundary is to have a topographic survey completed by a qualified surveyor. Once you have this information you can take the case to a legal representative.
Why do you need to hire a professional surveyor?
If you are disputing the boundary between your own property and a neighbouring one you need to have the boundary investigated and legally clarified before you can proceed with any legal action. The dispute may have arisen from your neighbour building on a space that you believe is on your property. If this happens you can ask your neighbour to hire a surveyor to mark the correct boundary.
Once this is done, depending on the result of the investigation, you can then take your case to a legal representative. If your case is heard, and the result is in your favour, your neighbour may be asked to remove the structure or you may be provided with compensation.
You can see why it’s a good idea to agree property boundaries when you move into a new home; it can save you from a lot of problems later on. The only way to have boundaries legally defined is to hire a qualified surveyor to investigate and mark the boundaries. Once this has been done the boundaries cannot be moved. Having this work carried out before a dispute takes place is often a good idea; that way everyone knows exactly where they stand when it comes to the erection of structures.