Our team of Solicitors have experience in resolving a wide variety of neighbour disputes. Our Solicitors will aim to have the dispute resolved quickly and amicably if possible.
We are able to assist you on all manner of neighbour issues such as disputes regarding boundaries, Party Wall Awards, trees, noise nuisance, privacy, access or general nuisance.
There are 3 main types of private nuisance at common law.
- Encroachment ono a neighbour’s land;
- Direct physical injury to a neighbour’s land;
- Interference with a neighbour’s quiet enjoyment of their land.
A private nuisance is essentially violation of your property rights. It commonly occurs when a person doing something on their own land, which they are legally entitled to do, but their action becomes a nuisance when the consequences of their act extend to the land of their neighbour.
The Party Wall Dispute
The Party Wall Act 1996 provides a structure to enable neighbours who share a boundary to carry out building works that involve a party wall structure or excavations close to a neighbour’s property.
Anyone wishing to carry out work that comes under the Act must give all adjoining owners notice of those works.
Where a neighbour does not consent to the work as set out in the notice a dispute will be deemed to have arisen. Under the Act the parties can appoint a party wall surveyor and there are certain requirements which need to be adhered to when the appointment is made. The surveyor will then make a decision on the works, this is known as an award.
Our Solicitors are able to assist with any dispute arising from party wall works, appointment of a party wall surveyor and appeal against a party wall award.
Boundary disputes can often be complex as in practice it is common that the boundary line for the relevant property is not clearly marked in any document.
Our Solicitors will need to consider numerous documents in order to advise, such as the registered title plans, Ordnance Survey, the wording of the conveyance, photographs of the property and boundary agreements.
How our Dispute Resolution team can help
These are just a few examples of the types of disputes you may have with a neighbour. Our team of Solicitors are also on hand to advise you as to any potential or ongoing dispute you may have. If you are seeking a solicitor to advise you in relation to a neighbour dispute or would like to find out about our services more generally, please contact or Dispute Resolution team at TV Edwards Solicitors.