Boundary Disputes and Neighbours from Hell

Mark Cummings

Issues can arise between neighbours for boundary disputes for all sorts of reasons. There can be problems relating to boundaries, rights of way, planning permissions or some other boundary or property feature. All of these problems can require the involvement of lawyers to sort the issues out.

When it becomes apparent that there are problems with neighbouring properties, it is not uncommon for the neighbours to quickly fall out, often because of the cost of sorting out the problems. 

There can be serious consequences when neighbours fall out. One party can often be the victim of anti-social behaviour, which can include the destruction of relevant evidence. This conduct can give rise to claims for nuisance (being the wrongful interference with the enjoyment of your property) and support an injunction and claim for damages under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

Where neighbours have fallen out, it is important that you get legal advice as quickly as you can. Your solicitors will need to act quickly and in some cases, your solicitors will need to speak to the Police about any anti social behaviour which has been going on.

At Samuels Solicitors, based in Devon, we have acted for many different clients who we have helped to resolve boundary disputes and problems with neighbours, from all over the country. We are able to take swift action where necessary, to protect your position and to preserve evidence that might be needed for a claim.

In some cases, you might be covered by insurance to help pay for our legal fees. If you do not have insurance, we are always willing to discussing funding options with you, and if appropriate, we may be able to act for you on the basis of a conditional (no win no fee) agreeement. 

If your problems with your property arise because your solicitor made a mistake when you purchased your property, it is possible that you would be able to bring a claim against your previous solicitor for damages for professional negligence. This can mean that your previous solicitor has to pay the costs you incur in putting the problems right. Samuels Solicitors has a niche specialism in dealing with these cases, particularly in relation to property disputes. 

If you are struggling to resolve an issue with your neighbour, contact us today for a free discussion about how we can help.