Disagreements between neighbours can arise suddenly and escalate very quickly. These disputes occur in both residential and commercial scenarios, and should be addressed as quickly as possible.
The dispute resolution solicitors at Slater Heelis can quickly give you expert advice on how to proceed. We always aim to resolve neighbour disputes amicably, as this is often more cost-effective and also helps to ensure cordial post-dispute relations between you and your neighbour.
Noise, Nuisance or Trespassing DisputesResidential scenarios include:
- Noisy neighbours
- Unruly children
- Dangerous or noisy pets
- Someone entering your land without your permission
- A company based next door or nearby deciding to use their land as a dumping area, attracting odour and pests to your premises
- Damage to your premises or disruption to your operations caused by a neighbouring business – for example, a diesel leak from their premises onto yours
Neighbours can have different ideas about where the boundaries of each other’s properties fall, so the placement of gates, fences, hedges and trees often causes dispute.
Such cases are rarely clear-cut and are often settled by documentation that relates to both (or all) of the properties in question. If the examination of these documents does not provide us with a clear answer, we will arrange for a surveyor to investigate and prepare an expert report on the findings.
Our boundary dispute solicitors can also assist in a Party Wall Act-related dispute, such as situations involving a shared wall that is either outside the property or forming part of its structure (i.e. within a terraced house).
This can relate to a dispute over a shared driveway, or it can relate to a dispute over an allocated parking space that forms part of your property – such as in the car park of an apartment block.
The blocking of access into or out of property also causes friction between neighbours. This is commonly seen on industrial estates, where the vehicles of one business block another business while loading or unloading, but it does happen on residential streets too.
Private Rights of Way
A right of way is a route, detailed within your property deeds, allowing you to cross an area of land that you do not own. If you own land over which a right of way crosses, you have to ensure that those who are legally allowed to use the route are able to do so.
These rights allow you to access land or property that may otherwise be inaccessible. A very commonly seen example of right of way in action is within an industrial estate, where each business can have the right to cross their neighbour’s land in order to access their own.
We deal with all aspects of private rights of way, whether this is enforcing the use of a right, seeking compensation for the loss of use of a route, or negotiating to change the route taken by a right of way.
Talk with Our Solicitors for Neighbour and Boundary Disputes
Call us on 0161 969 3131 to discuss your case with an experienced team of solicitors who specialise in neighbour and boundary disputes. We can quickly arrange a meeting for a time that is convenient for you.