Unfortunately no matter how well you get along with your neighbors there will be moments when you disagree. These disputes can rapidly turn into angry confrontations and destroy good relationships.
The alternative is to seek professional help before the dispute turns ugly. While there are many authoritative internet sites which can give you the information you need there are generally two issues with this approach:
- The Information may not be complete or up to date
Unfortunately even the best websites can have incomplete information. This may be due to updates in the rules or a lack of time at the firm. However, most commonly it is because they have created an article to deal with a specific issue and this has been taken out of context.
- Your neighbor may not thank or believe you if you thrust pieces of printed paper in their hand
If you are already involved in a dispute than waving papers or stating that “this website says this is likely to frustrate your neighbor and make the situation work.
The Land Survey Approach
A detail survey can be performed on your home to establish the boundaries; in fact the land survey is usually carried out before the house is even built! This will highlight the boundaries and who is responsible for them. It will also identify the sewerage and other services which come to and from a property. This can help to explain why you are not comfortable with a neighbors building project.
The position of trees and heights of fences or hedges should all be contained within the report. This will allow you to compare today’s survey with the original intention of the builders and can help to rationally resolve an issue.
How to Settle Your Property Dispute
There are several simple steps you can take to resolve any issue and maintain a friendly relationship with your neighbors:
- Speak to them calmly to say you are not happy with whatever the issue is.
- Tell them that you think it would be a good idea to have a land survey completed as this will help to establish the official position.
If you are unable to speak to your neighbor for any reason it is advisable to write them a letter. This can also be a good option even if you are on speaking terms as it will provide a measure of proof that you have attempted to resolve the issue amicably.
- Contact the land surveyor. You should be able to locate a good one near you through family, friends or website articles.
- Arrange a time for the survey and, if possible, have your neighbor present.
- Allow the surveyor to present their report to both you and your neighbor at the same time.
Although the land surveyor is unlikely to want to be a full time negotiator for the two of you, their presence will have a calming influence and allow you to solve the property dispute straight away.
A land surveyor can provide a huge amount of information and access historical records to ensure the picture you have today is accurate. Using this service can ensure you retain a good relationship with a neighbor and make it more enjoyable to live at home.