For many of us, our home is our biggest investment – which is why there is no substitute for expert legal advice when it comes to buying and selling property.
In one recent case, a couple found out the hard way why land conveyancing is a job for professionals when they ended up marooned in their bungalow, without any right of access to water or electricity, following a dispute with their neighbours.
The couple bought a plot of land, which had been carved out of the garden of an existing property, and built their new home on it. However, water and power had to be piped along a track which was owned by their neighbours.
The latter agreed that the couple had the right to access their bungalow along the track by virtue of a conveyance dating back to 1946. However, they denied that those rights extended to laying water pipes or electricity cables either over or under the track.
The couple took the view that their neighbours were making unreasonable financial demands in return for the rights they required. But in dismissing their arguments, the First-tier Tribunal found that their rights did not extend beyond those specifically granted in the 1946 conveyance.
The case is one of many that perfectly illustrate the dangers of failing to seek professional guidance from the outset – a much cheaper alternative to having to deal with a dispute or costly unforeseen consequences further down the line.
Lawyers are also trained to defuse ill-feeling between warring neighbours and encourage pragmatic compromise. A good lawyer can provide the neutral voice needed to achieve peace and a sensible resolution.
How can our Suffolk solicitors help?
Gotelee’s Suffolk conveyancing team is accredited to the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, the Law Society’s quality standard for solicitors who achieve consistently high levels of service in residential conveyancing work.
Contact Martin Whitworth at 01473 298182 or at [email protected] to find out how we can help you.
Alternatively, if you are involved in a neighbour dispute, you should in the first instance contact our Property Dispute Team, who can advise on how best to resolve the matter – saving time, and reducing costs and stress.