Our Conveyancing Legal Hour is hosted by Karen Chui, Principal Associate in our Residential Property Department. 

If you require further help regarding buying and selling a property, please phone us on 01279 755777 or contact Karen Chui directly. 

Our Conveyancing Team will be hosting the Nockolds Legal Hour on the following dates:

Wednesday 26th April 2017  12pm - 1pm 
Wednesday 7th June 2017 12pm - 1pm 
Wednesday 19th July 2017  12pm - 1pm 
Wednesday 30th August 2017 12pm - 1pm 
Wednesday 11th October 2017  12pm - 1pm 
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 12pm - 1pm 

Our Latest Legal Hour Questions (26.04.2017)

Read your previously answered questions here  
Following some strong weather one of my fences has been damaged and I would like to know whether this is my responsibility or my neighbours? 
You will need to check an up to date copy of your deeds. If your property is registered you may order this from the Land Registry at a fairly low cost you will need a copy of the Title Register, Title Plan and any Transfers or Conveyances and associated plans referred to in the Title Register (if unregistered you will need to check the originals and these may be held with your mortgage lender if you have a mortgage or if you do not by you or your solicitors). As a guide the cost is usually £3 per item.

Once you have these have a look at them and see if there is any references to ‘T’ markings and if so whether these are shown on any of the plans. Newer properties that are part of a larger scale development will tend to have these. It is also possible for the responsibility of a boundary to be stated in words only by reference to compass points which should give you sufficient information to identify. It may be that a boundary agreement has been entered into in which case this document will also need to be checked.

This area can be a minefield and often changes over time depending on a property owner’s conduct which may also need to be taken into consideration. It may be that the enforcement of the responsibility even once identified can be problematic due to current law so it usually means that the party who wants it the most ends up putting their hands in their pocket.