Unfortunately, boundary disputes do occur and will continue to occur.
Disputes with neighbours regarding boundaries are, of course, undesirable and undoubtedly are best-avoided if possible. However, they have occurred since time immemorial, ever since people have laid claim to an area of land, and it seems likely that this will continue to be the unfortunate situation into the foreseeable future.
Disputes of this type tend to be stressful and emotional, and generally nobody wishes to be ‘at war’ with their neighbour but also there are occasions when even the most mild-mannered and tolerant person feels like they must stand up to protect their rights and their property.
In order to properly assess the legal boundary, it is essential that expert advice is obtained from a surveyor knowledgeable and experienced in this subject; if not, there is a significant risk of incorrect assumptions to continue and the possible needless perpetuation of the disagreement. To properly consider and advise regarding boundaries, a surveyor needs to be part surveyor, part lawyer and part detective.
Boundary Disputes FAQs
You should speak with an expert for nuanced advice on your specific boundary dispute. However, to better understand your options explore our FAQs below. We have highlighted common boundary dispute questions, scenarios and themes and outlined, in detail, answers that will offer the best guidance possible without speaking directly to a professional.